SEARCH BLOG: POLITCS and CHINA
Last week I wrote about Protesting The Olympics. The gist was that it's okay to protest against the Chinese record of anti-human rights, as long as the Olympics are not the target of the protest.
Last weekend in California as I read in the San Jose Mercury about protests against China, I commented to my son and daughter-in-law that I wasn't quite sure what the protesters thought they might be accomplishing. I'm certain that the Chinese government doesn't care a bit about what they perceive as some fools in Paris, London or San Francisco walking around with placards.
I questioned what these protesters will do besides their demonstrations. Sure, it's good clean fun and gets their pictures in the media, but what will they do to affect the Chinese government's policies?I suggested that if these protesters really wanted to make a point, they would start of boycott of Chinese produced goods. The possibility that the Chinese government might use such a boycott as evidence that the American [or British or French] people were anti-Chinese [as opposed to anti-Chinese government] is not much of a concern. Everything in China is propaganda anyway.
The likely outcomes of protesters boycotting Chinese goods are:
- They give up after the first week when they can't find any running shoes
- They give up after two weeks when they can't find any cheap electronics
- They give up after three weeks when they get a craving for egg rolls
- Nobody notices so they give up
- Everybody notices and they get the recognition they want and then they give up
What if they all decided to consciously avoid purchasing Chinese-made products, even if the alternatives were more expensive?
What if they quietly wrote to their congressmen and said that they felt our trade policies with China were harmful in the long run to the cause of human dignity, even if it benefits importers and consumers in the short run?
What if the people of the U.S. simply did what their government representatives feared most?That's a big what if... and in the end it would not affect the actions or policies of the Chinese government while dramatically impacting the economic well-being of the Chinese people.
What it would affect is the ability of the Chinese government to expand its power and influence around the world.Our government,however, will focus on Chinese CO2 output instead.