There's a pattern to most world news and this one is no exception. There's always lots of rhetoric about human rights/closer cultural ties/military
cooperation/whatever you like/blah blah blah, and then you read through to the end and there's billions in corporate and trade deals being signed
left, right and center and everyone's grinning like a fox in the hen house. If you want to find out the real truth behind anything, always follow the
Chirac waving the flag for the Chinese Communits Party (CCP). Wow. This rhetoric coming from the guy who tested FIVE nuclear bombs under a Pacific
atoll, thousands of miles away from France, despite the protests of Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines. Strangely China was silent
throughout, even though they are closer to the region than Japan.
Recently the Chinese media, wholly owned and controlled by the government, has been lauding France and everything French. The Chinese government has
even declared this year "The Year of France in China", whatever that means. The CCP certainly know how to be hospitable to the ones that supply them
Chirac states that the EU arms embargo is "a measure motivated purely and simply by hostility toward China" and is lacking "justification or
I can think of a few motivations apart from hostility. How about the following:
1. Avoiding strengthening a regime that has repeatedly massacred it's own people to curb peaceful protest and to set an example for the rest of the
country. (Deng wasn't the first, Mao was good at that too.)
2. Avoiding strengthening a regime that has illegally invaded and occupied the sovreign country of Tibet.
3. Avoiding strengthening a regime that has constantly threatened to invade Taiwan, regardless of the possibility of sparking conflict with the United
4. Avoiding strengthening a country that could quite possibly (if not already) take the USSR's place as the new Cold War enemy and spark a new
nuclear arms race. I don't always approve of US foreign policy, but growing up in the cold-war era made me feel that it's still better to only have
one bully on the block. When titans clash, everybody gets hurt.
Chirac's support of ending the embargo perhaps has more obvious motivations:
2. Competition with the old enemy, Germany, which has huge industrial deals with China, in particular Volkswagon (more than 50% share of the market in
China) and Seimens Mobile Technologies.
3. Political points for the next election.
5. Giving the bird to the US
the 4th generation "People's" president and a reforming government that reform their tax system to give poor less tax burden and
Someone seems to be very good at spouting the Communist Party Propoganda lines. This is exactly what the 100% Chinese Communist Party-controlled
media tells their citizens every day. "Everything is getting better every day." "Look what we have done for you."
Meanwhile, the CCP spends US$2 Billion a year on satellites to spy on Taiwan and the US, and on putting one guy into space in a 60's-technology
rocket. All the while 250 million Chinese in rural areas are living in abject poverty, 150,000 poor Chinese die every year in avoidable accidents due
to lack of safety regulations and (oh no, so expensive) safety equipment. Not to mention the money spent and yet to be spent on the Olympics and the
2010 Shanghai Expo. And dare we mention the fact that the leaders of the CCP and their families, the "champions of the people", own billions of
dollars in assets in the US and Europe. "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."
It was a CIA instigated military coup among the Protest.
Again, the CCP propoganda line. At first they claimed it was "Taiwanese separatists". Then the CIA. Hey, wait, maybe it was those disgruntled
Selling weapons to China in it's current political state is a bad, bad move.
Bad Chirac! BAD!