President Bush has been urged to boycott the Opening Ceremonies of the Bejing Olympics in protest to China’s human rights policies. Finally, something is being done (however symbolic and after the fact it may be) in regards to China’s horrible treatment of it’s own citizens. I don’t think that China should have been awarded the Olympics in the first place (wow, something Nancy Pelosi and I agree on, who knew???). I know a reliable source who says that in last several months homeless people in China have been rounded up and taken to unknown destinations…in an effort to “clean up” the cities. From that same source I know that a woman was forced to abort her child in her 9 month of pregnancy because she had failed to secure a “permit” to have her child, and could not afford the bribe for the doctor! As a result, she plummeted into a deep depression and her marriage was destroyed. I know there are many so-called economic reasons for the US to continue trade relations with China. But where do we draw the line? The following post is something I wrote a while ago in regard to America’s trade relationship with China. Thanks for reading!

With China being in the news lately (toy recall and the 2008 Olympics) I’ve been thinking a lot about how economically dependent our nation is on China. We depend on China in ways that are downright frightening! Our country has basically out sourced all of our manufacturing to China, and as a result we have a trade deficit with China. That basically means that they import more to our country than we export to them. Of course American companies save millions in manufacturing dollars, but are they comprising quality and safety to the American consumer? More frightening than the loss of manufacturing jobs in America, is the “most favored nation” status that China enjoys with the United States. I didn’t really know what “most favored nation” status meant, so if you need a tutorial click here, here and here. Since this is clearly a political issue, I’ve included viewpoints from both sides of the issue.

More disturbing than lost jobs or trade deficits is the relationship that America maintains with China, a country that is clearly unethical in it’s treatment of its own countrymen and women. All of us are aware of the 1989 Tienanmen Square ordeal when thousands of Chinese students took to the streets in a futile effort to stand up against a communistic and totalitarian government. Thousands of innocent civilians were murdered by their own military. Of course we’ll probably never know the exact number of lives lost that day.

In keeping with China’s hardline communist government it controls and restricts speech, the media, religion, women’s rights, and general human rights (limiting the number of children a woman can have and lack of due judicial process). Read here for more detail on the atrocities and human rights violations that China enforces. A sad result of the “one child” law in China is the abandonment of baby girls, to read more about this heartbreaking practice click here. (I will write a post on this in the near future.)

When I think about the clear lack of freedom that Chinese citizens endure and the many human rights violations that China participates in, I am confused and bewildered at how and why this country enjoys such economic favor with the United States? Of course, I am not naive. I understand that greed plays a huge roll. Most American companies are concerned only for their bottom line. And let’s admit it, us American consumers love the low prices that are passed down to us. But, the line needs to be drawn somewhere. The last paragraph of the following article sums it up…

One day soon, Americans will wake up and realize that while they were going to work, voting, paying their taxes and coping with the cares of this life, their country was sold out from under them to a world dictatorship that cares nothing about their happiness or wellbeing. It will then be too late to address the treasonous acts of American politicians who sold the country for their own profit. It will also be a fair recompense for a nation that has chosen its creature comforts over truth and righteousness.

For us Christians it is not so hopeless, we know that one day the Lord’s justice will reign and all the evils of the world will be uncovered and all will be made right and just! I am so thankful that I serve a faithful, just and fair God! Thanks for reading…

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What can I do? What can you do?

Read an interesting post over at Radical Womanhood which deals with persecuted Christians in China and how you can personally encourage those who are suffering for the name of Jesus Christ!

Politcally, I think that the best thing we can do is call our government representatives and ask to put pressure on China to reform their human rights policies and allow more freedoms for Chinese citizens!

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