Earlier this year, Michigan politician Pete Hoekstra aired a racist, sexist ad during the Super Bowl against his opponent, Senator Debbie Stabenow. As Care2 blogger Judy Molland wrote, “the xenophobic ad portrays a young Chinese woman speaking in broken English about the growth of her country’s economy, apparently at the expense of the US.”
China and the “threat” its economy poses to the US have also been a subject in the presidential campaign. In July, Mitt Romney was reported to have invested millions in a Chinese company that was promoting itself as nothing less than an “overseas destination for outsourcing,” Care2 blogger Jeff Fecke wrote.
But while China-bashing may win brownie points (and votes) for a Romney-Ryan ticket, Peter Hays Gries, a professor of international and area studies at the University of Oklahoma and the director of its Institute for U.S.-China Issues, writes (in a New York Times op-ed) that it does the US no good:
[China-bashing] will be bad for America’s relations with China and could undermine our national security. Many Chinese are already suspicious of American intentions, and ideologically driven rhetoric from across the Pacific will only confirm their worst fears.
A look at some recent developments in China suggest it’s possible US politicians and the press are playing up (and not without racist overtones) the “menace” China poses. Five signs that China is having some (not unsignificant) struggles of its own that, due to the Communist government’s strict control on information and tendency to spin out propaganda in the names of “news,” it’s not so easy for the rest of the world to really know about.
(The photo illustrating this post, of a man with severe disabilities begging in the streets of Shanghai, gives an indication of the country’s treatment of the impoverished and disabled that warrants its own post.)
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Photo of a man with severe physical disabilities in Shanghai by Augapfel
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