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China’s economy explained…

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For those of us who find China’s pronouncements about its closed economy as understandable and clear as the Federal Reserve’s ruminations about the U.S. economy,  Sundance at Conservative Treehouse offers  some timely  explanations.

If you can do basic math,  something apparently quite beyond most politicians,  the very premise of a centrally planned economy strikes you as very odd indeed.   How can it work?   Short answer — it can’t,  and it doesn’t unless you are a good enough bully to insure that the flows of your desired materials continues.   You should be cheered by Sundance’s take that Trump and his cabinet understand the inherent weaknesses of China along with other command economies,  and are skillfully applying pressure to the weakest points to increase our leverage.   I happen to agree.

Trump is a businessman and entrepreneur,  and he has successfully completed projects in some of the world’s toughest venues,  so he has a much better than average understanding of economies and their weak points.   You need not understand much of this to realize that China is responding to the Trump Administration’s moves because it has realized it is dealing with a very,  very different sort of president than it had with His Oneness.

 

 

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October 22, 2017 at 4:03 pm

They would say this…

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China is whining that the world,  by which it means Pres. Trump,  must stop saying that  China is responsible  for North Korea.  The problem is that China has not only allowed NoKo to exist,  its has propped it up when necessary and derived great benefit from allowing the rogue state to bedevil and blackmail the West with threats of nuclear and chemical and biological warfare.

Pres. Trump has called the Chinese on it,  and Chinese officials are both furious and worried.  Most of Europe is still hiding under their desks qivering.

 

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July 12, 2017 at 5:13 pm

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Why would…

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…fidget spinners be catching on fire?   Probably because  some of them are manufactured in China,  which is none too concerned with how many Americans or their pets its products harm.   The usual culprit seems to be the new lithium-ion batteries,  which are touchy at best and prone to objecting to the tight tolerances required for modern products.

 

 

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July 2, 2017 at 6:24 pm

Chinese Lunar New Year…

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The Chinese celebrate New Year’s a bit differently than we do,  but it’s certainly spectacular.

 

 

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January 31, 2017 at 11:36 pm

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A real gem…

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This is  the largest chunk of jade I’ve ever seen,  and the only piece larger is a carved statue in China.   One hopes the miners who discovered this huge deposit have earned a bonus,  but since it was found in Burma  —  oh, it’s called Myanmar now,  isn’t it?  —   I view that as unlikely.

Since jadeite is responsible for half the country’s GDP,  this find is certain to provide a significant boost for the economy,  though those in China who turn the discovery into jewelry will take a big cut of the profits.

 

 

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October 17, 2016 at 11:53 pm

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Terracotta warriors…

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Could the famed terracotta warriors in China have had a Western influence?   I personally find it unlikely,  but it just  might be  possible.

 

 

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October 14, 2016 at 11:51 pm

Why close it?

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If the glass bridge is perfectly safe,  why would the Chinese authorities close it less  than two weeks after its grand opening  to do  “an internal system upgrade” on the structure?

 

 

 

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September 3, 2016 at 11:55 pm

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