Which is a comfort, I guess:
The Obama Administration strongly opposes all aspects of China’s coercive birth limitation policies, including forced abortion and sterilization. The Vice President believes such practices are repugnant.Unfortunately, neither he nor anyone else in the administration will say that to the Chinese. Via Hot Air: When Biden said he “fully understands” China’s one-child policy, he totally meant the opposite. Allahpundit comments:
If China’s willing to thin the herd on the front end, who knows? Maybe they’ll start thinning it on the back end too to bring the grandchild/grandparent ratio into line. If you think rationing of health care to seniors is a frightening concept in the U.S. and UK, wait until the ChiComs put their distinctive brand on it.Allahpundit calls this a "grim joke" but it strikes me more as a perfectly plausible eventuality. What's to prevent it? Respect for life and liberty?
Nevertheless, we owe ‘em a ton of money. Which means you can figure for yourself the likelihood of an American vice-president standing up in public and expressing his repugnance at the wholesale slaughter of China’s baby girls. A few lines before the passage above, I quote Jonathan Swift’s “Run Upon The Bankers”: “They have his soul, who have his bonds.” China has our bonds, and thus in a certain sense they have our soul. Or at any rate Joe Biden’s. The big theme of my book’s prologue is that it starts with the money but it never stops there. For three decades, US foreign policy “realists” have assured us that China’s economic liberalization would inevitably lead to political liberalization. As Biden’s wretched remarks suggest, the inverse was always more likely: the reality of China’s economic dominance is western acquiescence in its repulsive politics.Read the rest.
Charles Krauthammer weighs in:
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