編者按: 麥彼得(譯音) 大作 "What do you think about the tread war between China ans America ?"
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What do you think about the trade war between China and America?
Almost everyone gets the trade war wrong. One of the most important elements of American supremacy is the US Dollar hegemony. The hegemony is gained by virtue of America’s unparalleled military power, and the rule that oil must be purchased with the US dollar—the Petro-Dollar. It basically allows America to play the game at a great advantage.
Most countries do not have sufficient oil to fuel its economy, and therefore must earn or borrow the printed paper notes from America. Most projects of global supply chain and infrastructure for trade are not possible without capital in the form of US paper notes, and since America prints it while others have to earn it from America, the game of international trade cannot be fair to begin with. By the way, the trade rules are also by and large written by America.
The abundance of easy capital doesn’t just create unfair competition, it also attracts more brains to America, feeds an ever expanding military industrial complex, provides the means to punish anyone who does not say uncle, while enjoying complete impunity for the wanton abuse of its power. The military industrial complex in turn supports technology development, owns the media and the narrative, controls global resources and trade routes, creating more lopsided competition in favor of elite America.
Dollar Hegemony allows America to enjoy financial supremacy, trade supremacy, and military supremacy. Since America can create paper ‘wealth’ out of thin air and buy the world’s natural resources and manufactured products with it, the country can go into unlimited debt with impunity. After all, it’s the people who are in debt, but the elites who owns the wealth. The people of America are too enamored of their democracy, not realizing that it has been churning out people like Bill Clinton, Dubya Bush, Obama, and now Trump. The American voting public are so clueless and delusional that they actually believe that a person like Trump who has never done anything for the ordinary people’s benefit would give a rat’s ass for them as the president.
To make a long story short, America’s power is based on its military prowess which enforces the use of the US dollar for the purchase of essential resources, which allows America to print as much of the US dollars as it likes, which makes it even stronger in technology and trade, which makes its military even more powerful, which allows the printing of more US dollars to build more awesome weapons, which terrorizes those countries and peoples who cannot defend themselves and therefore allow themselves to be raped, while the deprived masses of America keep repeating the elite’s lie that China is to be blamed.
Why the trade war? China after 40 years of hard work, keeping its head down and biding its time in silence [韬光养晦] according to the advice of the venerable Deng Xiaoping, has arrived at a point where it has built up its ability to survive and thrive without depending on America. It has enough American debt that cannot be ignored. It has enough production capabilities and brains that will allow it to stand on its own two feet. It has the ability to build its own advanced weaponry that will repel any bully. China is the first country with the strength, the wherewithal, and the will to challenge America by openly attacking the Dollar Hegemony.
People in Washington who are hostile to China know that China’s challenge of the Dollar Hegemony is extremely dangerous to the American elite’s plundered wealth and privileges.Unfortunately, a hot war with China is impossible. It will not happen because these American elites are at the end of the day very selfish; they don’t want to lose everything, which would be the result of a hot war. The deprived American public might wake up one day and reckon that their elites are to blame and tear them limb from limb.
The only war they can start against China is a trade war, while the zombified American public are still swallowing the lie that China is to blame, while America can still print the dollars, while the dollars can still feed the military industrial complex, and while the dollars can fuel the American economy. What else can they do? America is really not very competitive in most other aspects. Printing ‘wealth’ in the form of dollars has been America’s greatest strength, but now China wants to take that away as well.
The trade war however will further damage America’s economy and cause more political turmoil in America. It will give China a good excuse to speed up the usage of RMB for international trades. It will accelerate China’s development of essential technologies and products that require RMB payments or a common commodity such as gold. China will take the opportunity to encourage the usage of CIPS, the Chinese alternative to SWIFT, and wean the world from complete dependence on the US financial system. The US dollar will always be significant, but it will not be a hegemon. People will have true alternatives.
Most people don’t understand the survival skills of both the CCP and the Chinese people. China will likely view this trade war as an opportunity. I’m guessing that is maybe why they are not so eager to settle. Trade talks are not going anywhere. Besides, it is pointless negotiating with Trump, who is doing a great job destroying America’s credibility.
Hopefully, in the not too distant future, America will not be able to print money with impunity or fund its military industrial complex with unlimited money. It will not be able to sow discord and create conflicts all over the world. Unilateral American sanctions will not be effective. The American people will realized that they are themselves to blame for electing liars and imbeciles to power and granting them impunity. A benign and enlightened America may emerge, and perhaps we’ll have peace and harmony again.
It will then be up to the great nations and their responsible leaders to get together to work out a way for all humanity to share in the fruits of human development which has been built on the backs of all humanity. Sorry to offend Ayn Rand lovers; capital didn’t build civilization, people did, and they did that while consuming the food produced by the original wealth producers. Taking care of each other, helping each other, and sharing with each other is the only way for humanity to survive and succeed on earth and beyond.
It’s always a good idea to know a little about the author: Ethnic Chinese, born in Hong Kong, parents staunchly anti-communist, brought up in elite English school, Roman Catholic, once having ambitions to become a priest—in other words, brainwashed to the max; went to university in Canada, became Canadian; worked in mainstream media in Hong Kong and Canada; worked in China for almost 20 years in broadcast and network technologies; speaks Cantonese, Mandarin, and English; reads and writes Simplified and Traditional Chinese, as well as English. Both my brothers-in-law are Caucasian, one of my nephews is a converted Jew with a Jewish family, and my grandson is half Irish-Canadian. I have no political affiliation, and I have become an atheist who is not godless, just god-free—free of the gods. I have retired and recently published a book.