Enter the Dragon- Chinese Economic growth


 

This article, though aimed at a US audience, gives a scary insight into China’s growing economic power.

 
A Little Known Reality.
June 8, 2013. Source: Michael Snyder, Guest Post
In future China will employ millions of American workers and dominate thousands of small communities all over the United States. Chinese acquisition of U.S. businesses set a new all-time record last year, and it is on pace to shatter that record this year.

The Smithfield Foods acquisition is an example.  Smithfield Foods is the largest pork producer and processor in the world.  It has facilities in 26 U.S. states and it employs tens of thousands of Americans.  It directly owns  460 farms and has contracts with approximately 2,100 others.  But now a Chinese company has bought it for $ 4.7 billion, and that means that the Chinese will now be the most important employer in dozens of rural communities all over America.  

Thanks in part to our massively bloated trade deficit with China, the Chinese have trillions of dollars to spend. They are only just starting to exercise their economic muscle.

It is important to keep in mind that there is often not much of a difference between “the Chinese government” and “Chinese corporations”.  In 2011, 43 percent of all profits in China were produced by companies where the Chinese government had a controlling interest in.  


Last year a Chinese company spent $2.6 billion to purchase AMC entertainment – one of the largest movie theater chains in the United States.  Now that Chinese company controls more movie ticket sales than anyone else in the world.  

But China is not just relying on acquisitions to expand its economic power.  “Economic beachheads” are being established all over America.  For example, Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tube Group, Inc. recently broke ground on a $100 million plant in Thomasville, Alabama.  Many of the residents of Thomasville, Alabama will be glad to have jobs, but it will also become yet another community that will now be heavily dependent on communist China.

And guess where else Chinese companies are putting down roots? Detroit. Chinese-owned companies are investing in American businesses and new vehicle technology, selling everything from seat belts to shock absorbers in retail stores, and hiring experienced engineers and designers in an effort to soak up the talent and expertise of domestic automakers and their suppliers. If you recently purchased an “American-made” vehicle, there is a really good chance that it has a number of Chinese parts in it. Industry analysts are hard-pressed to put a number on the Chinese suppliers operating in the United States.

China seems particularly interested in acquiring energy resources in the United States.  For example,  China is actually mining for coal in the mountains of Tennessee.  Guizhou Gouchuang Energy Holdings Group spent 616 million dollars to acquire Triple H Coal Co. in Jacksboro, Tennessee.  At the time, that acquisition really didn’t make much news, but now a group of conservatives in Tennessee is trying to stop the Chinese from blowing up their mountains and taking their coal.  

And pretty soon China may want to build entire cities in the United States just like they have been doing in other countries. Right now China is actually building a city larger than Manhattan just outside Minsk, the capital of Belarus.
Are you starting to get the picture? China is on the rise. If you doubt this, just read the following:
# When you total up all imports and exports, China is now the number one trading nation on the entire planet.
# Overall, the U.S. has run a trade deficit with China over the past decade that comes to more than 2.3 trillion dollars.
# China has more foreign currency reserves than anyone else on the planet.
# China now has the largest new car market in the entire world.
# China now produces more than twice as many automobiles as the United States does. After being bailed out by U.S. taxpayers, GM is involved in 11 joint ventures with Chinese companies.
# China is the number one gold producer in the world.
# The uniforms for the U.S. Olympic team were made in China.
# 85% of all artificial Christmas trees the world over are made in China.
# The new World Trade Center tower in New York is going to include glass imported from China.
# China now consumes more energy than the United States does.
# China is now in aggregate the leading manufacturer of goods in the entire world.
# China uses more cement than the rest of the world combined.
# China is now the number one producer of wind and solar power on the entire globe.
# China produces 3 times as much coal and 11 times as much steel as the United States does.
# China produces more than 90 percent of the global supply of rare earth elements.
# China is now the number one supplier of components that are critical to the operation of any national defense system.
# In published scientific research articles China is expected to become number one in the world very shortly.
 

And what we have seen so far may just be the tip of the iceberg. For now, I will just leave you with one piece of advice – learn to speak Chinese.  You are going to need it 

 

 

 

Tale of two Democracies


  True Democracy in Action

                                                   JOGISHWAR SINGH

As a Swiss citizen born in India, I am many times brought to think about my 
experiences of the democratic systems prevalent in the two countries.

Before Indian ‘patriots’ start screaming murder at what I am going to say, I 

should point out that I am fully aware that I am talking about two different 
historical realities.

Switzerland has been independent for over 800 years while India is a newly 

created entity, now a mere 66 years old.

Switzerland has a population of only 8 million while India has the second 

highest population of any country in the world at over 1.2 billion (give or 
take a few million). And expected, in the near future, to even outstrip 
China, and become the world’s most populous. 

The trigger for this set of reflections was what I saw on the 7.30 pm eve. 
news on Swiss TV a couple of weeks ago.

The Swiss President, Mr Ueli Maurer,  was leaving on a five day state visit to 

China. The news showed him arriving  at Zürich airport in an ordinary private 
vehicle. The President got out of the  car by opening the car door himself. 
He walked to the nearby baggage trolley stand outside the airport entrance. 
He took a baggage trolley out, rolled it  towards the car, lifted his suitcase and 
travel bag himself, put these on the trolley which he then rolled towards the 
entrance like any passenger lambda like you or me. He walked up to the check 
in counter with just two other persons  walking behind him. He checked his 
luggage in for a commercial flight without  any special treatment being meted 
out to him.

For any Indians (or others) who might  find it difficult to believe what I have 
described above, you can CLICK on  the link provided hereunder, at the 
end of this article, to view a TV news  clip from the evening prime time 
news for July 16, 2013..

This clip is really worth watching.

Conditioned by my personal experiences of dealing with politicians and 

government ministers in India while serving as an IAS (Indian Administrative
Service) officer, I was so struck by the contrast between what I had experienced
in India and what I was seeing on the TV screen that I told my wife that this
represented one of the finest examples of democracy for me, certainly of the
Swiss variety. It made me proud to be the citizen of a country where the serving
President behaves like an ordinary citizen and does not feel the need to consider
special privileged treatment as his divine birthright. 

I remembered the countless times when I had seen the fury of Indian politicians, 

much below the level of the President of a country, at what they considered as
a slight because they had not been treated as demi-gods.

I am not a psychologist. I do not know whether centuries of slavery have 

generated this distorted VIP culture in India but I remember that we all did curse
the politicians there for causing so much inconvenience to the general public
by expecting, demanding and getting privileged treatment. 

Who in India, except maybe some politicians or bureaucrats, has not been 

inconvenienced by VIP visits for which miles of roads and highways, even entire neighbourhoods, are blocked off to traffic, and flights are delayed, awaiting the 
arrival of some VIP or even his/her flunkies/family members? 

Any such inconvenience would cause an uproar in Switzerland

In India, it does not generate even a whimper.

In this context, an incident from the not very distant past strongly lingers in my 

memory. A few years ago, a former IAS batch-mate of mine (1976 batch) had
visited Switzerland. 

I have noticed that Switzerland becomes a prize destination of choice for a lot 

of Indian ministers and bureaucrats during their hot summer for attending all
kinds of useless conferences which are essentially talking shops organised
by the United Nations, an organisation which is a hotbed of nepotism and
inefficiency.

This IAS officer wanted to see Switzerland, so I acted as his local tourist 

guide. 

While we were going around the Swiss federal capital, Bern, it was lunch 

time so we decided to have lunch at a restaurant very close to the Swiss
parliament building. 

As we took our seats at a table, a Swiss gentleman sitting at the next table, 

reading his newspaper while sipping his coffee, greeted us in English.
While we ordered our meal and waited, he finished reading his newspaper,
drank his coffee and called for his bill which he paid before leaving. While
going out, he again politely wished us goodbye, even saying, “I hope you
enjoy your stay in Switzerland” in English.

After he had left, I asked my visitor if he knew who the man had been. 

Obviously, my visitor did not know the answer. I informed him that we had 
just been greeted by the then serving Swiss President, Mr René Felber. 

My guest thought I was making fun of him. He would not believe me so I 
called the restaurant manager to confirm the veracity of what I had told him.
The manager duly confirmed what I had said. 

My Indian visitor was flabbergasted. He said, “How can this be possible? 

He actually paid his bill before leaving”. 

So, what struck my visitor the most had been the fact that a VIP had 

actually paid his bill! I wonder what he would say if he saw our current
President, Mr Ueli Maurer, personally loading his bags on to a baggage
trolley and wheeling it to a check-in counter just like any ordinary citizen.
His disbelief could only be countered by visual evidence on the TV!

My visitor’s reaction brought back memories of when, as a serving sub-

divisional or district level official, I had been called upon to organise lunches
and dinners for numerous collections of freeloaders travelling with ministers
or bureaucrats in India. 

I seldom remember any politician or bureaucrat actually paying or even 

offering to pay for the bonanza laid out for them. Those who did offer to pay, 
did so at the ridiculously low official daily fare of eleven rupees (today, a
mere 20 cents US) per person or something like that. 

Nobody ever asked how it had been possible to lay out a lavish meal 

comprising several dishes, accompanied by expensive alcoholic beverages,
for such a petty sum. I never found out myself who used to pay for all this
extravaganza at the end of the line. 

Like a good Indian bureaucrat, I just used to pass the buck down the line to 

my junior magistrates and revenue officials. To this day, I am unable to clarify
which poor victim — read, citizen! — who got stuck with paying for all the
freebies on offer.

While working as chief of staff to the President of the Swiss Commission for 

the Presence of Switzerland in Foreign Countries many years ago, I had the
chance of accompanying him to Strasbourg for meetings of the Council of
Europe. I also had the privilege of close interaction with several Swiss
members of parliament over an extended period of 12 to 14 months. 

The contrast to the behavioural pattern of what I had experienced in India 

with politicians was so stark that it has stayed seared in my mind even 
till today. 

I am by no means suggesting that Swiss politicians are angels, but the 

kind of behaviour that Indian politicians or bureaucrats get away with as
a matter of routine in India would torpedo their careers in Switzerland
in a jiffy.

Each such incident deepens my gratitude to Waheguru Almighty for having 

made me settle down in a country like Switzerland where the President
carries his own bags to the check-in counter. 

Where no roads are blocked for hours so that some VIP can, in the name 

of security, be whisked around in convoys of official vehicles. 

Where politicians and bureaucrats pay their bills in restaurants. 

Where grossly sycophantic behaviour is not the general and accepted 

norm. 

Where no red-light beacons or screaming sirens signal the passage of 

VIP vehicles. Indeed, the red-light-beacon culture of officialdom in India
merits a full story in itself.

I might accept India as a true democracy the day I see its President or 

Prime Minister behaving like the Swiss President before his departure
on an official visit abroad.

I don’t think I will ever see such a sight in India during my lifetime. 

You think, maybe, my grandchildren will?

To view the TV news-clip, please CLICK here.
August 15, 2013
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