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Fine Speech, Sir!

Posted by MyLaowai on Monday, July 30, 2007

This is a speech given by Senator Frank Wolf, who sits on the House Appropriations Committee, State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee. The speech was delivered July 17th, 2007.

“Imagine a country where factory workers have no workplace safety, labor or environmental protections and are required to work 80 hour-weeks for no more than $110 per month to produce goods for export.

“Imagine a country which boldly supplies missiles and chemical weapons technology to countries that support or harbor terrorists.

“Imagine a country that oversees a network of espionage operations against American companies and the U.S.

“Imagine a country which tortures and imprisons Catholic bishops, Protestant church leaders, Muslim worshipers, Falun Gong followers, and Buddhist monks and nuns just because of their faith and systematically destroys churches and confiscates Bibles.

“Imagine a country which has a thriving business of harvesting and selling for transplant kidneys, corneas and other human organs from executed prisoners who are thrown in prison with no trial or sentencing procedures.

“Imagine a country which maintains an extensive system of gulags – slave labor camps, also known as the “laogai” – as large as existed in the former Soviet Union that are used for brainwashing and “reeducation through labor.”

“Sadly, none of this is imaginary. Such a nation exists. It is the People’s Republic of China.

“Sadly, too, that’s just part of the list of egregious actions.

“In 2006, the Chinese government arrested 651 Christians that we know of. Currently China has 6 Catholic bishops in jail and another 9 under house arrest. Renowned human rights advocate Rebiya Kadeer has watched from exile as the Chinese government arrests and beats her family members in her homeland.

“Late last year, western mountain climbers captured on videotape a horrifying scene: Chinese police shooting from their North Face tents at a group of Tibetan refugees crossing Nangpa Pass. A 17-year old Buddhist nun was killed and several others were wounded.

“There are some who assert that human rights are something that should come once stability has been attained. They say that protection of human rights comes second to attaining economic power and wealth. We must reject that notion.

“During the debate over granting China permanent normal trade relations status, proponents argued that economic liberalization would lead to political liberalization in China, that exposing China to the West’s ideas and values would lead them to play a more constructive role in the international community, and that the U.S. and other industrialized nations could influence China through economic activity to better respect the rights of its citizens to fundamental human rights and the unfettered practice of their faith.

“Instead, we have seen why the protection of basic liberties should not come second to economic growth. The China of today is worse than than the China of yesterday, or of last year, or of the last decade. China is not progressing. It is regressing. It is more violent, more repressive, and more resistant to democratic values than it was before we opened our ports to freely accept Chinese products.

“And now, in addition to all of the horrible things the Chinese government does to its own citizens, it does to other countries’ citizens as well. It poisons children in Panama, the Dominican Republic, and Australia, with toothpaste containing an industrial solvent and prime ingredient in some antifreeze. This toothpaste was marketed under the brand name “Mr. Cool.”

“Some 1.5 million wooden toys in the Thomas the Tank Engine line of children’s trains were recalled after manufacturers discovered that the Chinese-made toys were slathered in lead-based paint, a substance that is toxic if swallowed.

“China continues to send American consumers adulterated and mislabeled food products, including prunes tinted with chemical dyes, dried apples preserved with a cancer-causing chemical, scallops and sardines coated with putrefying bacteria, and mushrooms laced with illegal pesticides.

“Food and Drug Administration inspectors who traveled across the world to investigate the recent mass poisoning of U.S. pets stemming from tainted pet food from China arrived at two suspected Chinese factories, only to find the factories had been cleaned out and all equipment dismantled.

“On June 28, the FDA banned the import of five types of farm-raised shrimp and fish from China because they are so contaminated from unsafe drugs in China’s polluted waterways.

“A recent NPR story described how garlic from China outsold garlic grown in California for the first time last year. China began dumping garlic at U.S. ports below cost in the 1990s. Hefty tariffs kept the garlic imports at bay for a few years, but since 2001, imports of Chinese garlic have increased fifteen-fold.

“Several Fourth of July celebrations in my district, including in my hometown of Vienna, Virginia, included malfunctioning fireworks that injured 11 people, including children and an infant. These fireworks came from China.

“Some 450,000 imported tires were recalled from Foreign Tire Sales after it was discovered that the Chinese-made tires were sold without a critical safety feature that prevents the tread from separating from the tire. A blown tire can cause the driver of the vehicle to lose control of his or her car and crash.

“China is one of the world’s leading producers of unlicensed copies of goods ranging from movies and designer clothes to sporting goods and medications. According to the Motion Picture Association of America, 93 percent of DVDs sold in China are unlicensed copies. The MPAA, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other industry groups say that despite stricter Chinese enforcement, product piracy is growing amid China’s booming economic expansion.

“China is building a new coal-fired power plant every week and within a year will be the biggest source in the world of greenhouse gases. It is building factories and infrastructure all over the developing world, but we have no solid data on China’s plans or programs. A recent editorial in The Washington Post reported that World Bank experts estimate that toxic air and water in China kill some 710,000 to 760,000 Chinese each year.

“During a recent visit to Sudan, Chinese President Hu Jintao promised to build a new palace for the Sudanese president, Omar al-Bashir, despite Bashir’s role in orchestrating the ongoing genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region. This is in addition to the recent Amnesty International report that China is selling weapons to the Sudanese government, which are then being used to kill and maim innocent civilians in Darfur.

“China bullies neighboring Taiwan, repeatedly threatening to launch missiles from the mainland for Taiwan’s refusal to accept China’s claims of sovereignty over the democratically governed territory.

“And despite all of these abhorrent acts, China was still awarded the honor of hosting the 2008 Olympics. The Olympic Games: an event designed to lift up “the educational value of good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles,” according to its own charter. Does China’s behavior sound like a “good example” to the rest of the world? Or that it is reflecting “fundamental ethical principles” that all nations should aspire to?

“Amnesty International reports that the Chinese government is rounding up people in the streets of Beijing that might “threaten stability” during the Olympic Games, and is detaining them without trial. Human Rights Watch reports that the Chinese government is tightening restrictions on domestic and foreign media, in an effort to control what information leaks out about China’s repressive and violent nature during coverage of the Olympics.

“China has even gone so far as to claim it will “force rain” in the days leading up to the Olympics, in order to have clear skies for the Games. They intend to fire rocket shells containing sticks of silver iodide into Beijing’s skies, provoking a chemical reaction that will force rain – despite mixed reviews on the soundness of this science.

“China s desperation to conceal its true character leading up to the Games smacks of the Nazi bid for the Olympic Games. Analysts are likening the 2008 Beijing Olympics to the 1936 Olympics, in which Nazi Germany soft-pedaled its anti-Semitic agenda and plans for territorial expansion, fooling the international community with an image of a peaceful, tolerant Germany under the guise of the Olympic Games.

“Like the Nazi regime in 1936 Berlin, the Chinese government is preparing for the Olympics by hiring U.S. firms to handle public relations and marketing for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

“Where is the outrage over China’s unacceptable behavior? The facts are before us. The United States can no longer say that things are improving in China

“But China would have America and the world believe that is the case. China has hired a number of large lobbying firms in Washington, DC to push China’s agenda with the U.S. government. Documents from the Department of Justice show these lobbyists as having a significant presence on Capitol Hill, including almost 200 meetings with Member offices between July 1, 2005 and December 31, 2006.

“America must be a country that stands up for basic decency and human rights. America must speak out on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves – men and women who are being persecuted for their religious or political beliefs. Our foreign policy must be a policy that helps promote human rights and freedom. Not a policy that sides with dictators who oppress their own citizens.

“Next time you make a purchase, and you see the words “Made in China,” think of the poisoned toothpaste, the contaminated food, the polluted waterways and airspace, the exploding tires, malfunctioning fireworks, the human rights abuses, and the intimidation of religious leaders. Remember that China poses a threat not only to its own citizens, but to the entire world. American businesses have an opportunity to capitalize on China’s failure to protect the safety of its food exports. American businesses should seize this opportunity by reclaiming their place in the global market. The United States government and American consumers must be vigilant about protecting the values that we hold dear.”


Thanks to A True Chinese Renaissance for the report.

6 Responses to “Fine Speech, Sir!”

  1. Stranded Mariner said

    When Bush brought up the concept of the ‘axis of evil’, I was always surprised why he left out the ‘hub of evil’.

  2. Stranded Mariner said

    Oh, yeah, and I steal your pic

  3. […] Fine Speech, Sir! ?China is one of the world?s leading producers of unlicensed copies of goods ranging from movies and designer clothes to sporting goods and medications. According to the Motion Picture Association of America, 93 percent of DVDs sold in … […]

  4. wk said

    Seriously I feel sorry for you and Mr. Stranded Mariner.
    Apparently the life in China for both of you are miserable.
    Why dont you leave this diry, oppressive, fascist, evil country with no freedom of religionus belief and speech and go back to your western civilization?
    Just a suggestion.
    Oh wait, maybe you are just some big fat loser in your own country that cannt handle the stress at home
    Grow up. yawn

  5. MyLaowai said

    “Why dont you leave this diry, oppressive, fascist, evil country with no freedom of religionus belief and speech and go back to your western civilization?”

    Good question. Perhaps I may even answer you some day. Stay tuned to this blog…

  6. An unpaid chinese stooge said

    You really don’t need to be so coy. Ummm…. let me speculate:

    Imagine a mid-aged, half bald hairy bastard with a belly 9 months into pregnancy, gets up in the morning drives his V8 25km to work in some 2nd rated city in the States (or Hamburg for that matter).

    On the way, he stops in the middle of the freeway, mutter a few complains about the patrol price, goes into MacDonald or KFC, picks up a cup of coffee that looked and tasted like dish water, gets back into the car, turn on the radio and listen to some redneck talk back jockey haggling about some dirty rotting blacks and nod his head in agreement.

    After a lazy day at work, he goes home and gave his elephant Mrs a kiss on her rough-as-sand-paper cheek. An Indian or Chinese or Mexican takeaway boy arrives at the door with dinner. With a 2 inch thick pizza in one hand and a coke the other, turns on his Made-in-China plasma TV he brought for a song down the local Wal-Mart, watches FOX for a bit of local and international news and heard a speech by a redneck (or may be leftwing loony) senator, mutter a few words in support for such a fine speech.

    Now it is time for bed… the Mrs wants a bit of an action… but gee why is it so hard to get it up ….

    Now the same mid-aged, half bald hairy bastard with a belly 9 months into pregnancy is sent overseas for work in some kick arse 1st class Asian city.

    With the same paid +150USD/day per diem + nice apartment in an expensive area in downtown, he can afford to keep a house maid, a cook or nanny for the kids, and catches taxi as if he is catching bus/train at home.

    He can afford to eat out every day in some fancy restaurant with delicacy flavoured by poison (no wonder the food smell and taste so nice) and no snakes, turtle soup, dogs, cats and babies on the menu. He parties all night in the company of other like-minded expats.

    He divorce his elephant Mrs back home and married or is screwing some naïve chick 20 years his junior, 10 times slimmer and 10 times better looking or he goes out and pay a few buck for some under-aged boy or girl.

    He works for some international company that have manufacturing plants in the Asian country and exports the product back to the States or German (and last time I checked, it was a Nazi country that killed millions of Jews, then repent their sin by creating a homeland in the Middle East for the left over Jews they forgot or didn’t bother to kill and causing grieve for some dirty Arabs that they don’t really care about).

    The goods are sold in Wal-Mart for $10. Wal-Mart gets $3, the middle-men get $3 and the company makes $3 and the OEM company gets $1.

    The OEM Company makes $0.20c profit and $0.80 goes to factory workers who have no workplace safety, labor or environmental protections and are required to work 80 hour.

    For a measly $1 and for the benefit of their ungrateful consumers 10,000km away, they pollute the air, water and land and killing 710,000 to 760,000 compatriotic every yr. Then they are accused of killing mother earth even when they pollute 3 times less per head than those who uses the good they produced.

    But hang on, $1 is too much, the bosses back in HQ wants to improve the bottom-line before the financial report period so that shares price of the company would go up and they can cash out their multi-million dollar worth of options.

    So the same mid-aged, half bald hairy bastard with a belly 8 months into pregnancy (due to food poisoning, he is losing weight) goes to the OEM people demanding $0.80 now, otherwise he will looking for some other factories in another Asian city that is less developed and easier to exploit. And in the end, he got what he wanted, and the bosses gives him a big pay rise for his effort.

    Opps, a magnet falls out of the doll, no no no it was not a design fault, the OEM people didn’t use the right glues!!! … The fine senator made another heart-warming patriotic speech, indignant at the evil doing of OEM country, exemplifying the people of the States and German for upholding the virtue of freedom and democracy and being the beacon to the world… … another round of demonising on FOX and more hatred is fuelled back home.

    The same mid-aged, half bald hairy bastard with a belly 7 months into pregnancy is actually a very likeable person at work. He is professional, very friendly and polite with his local colleagues even thought in his heart, he despites them. He thinks they are dirty, uneducated, unethical, uncivilized, or just plainly dodgy. He always assumes an air of culture superiority but it is so subtle that his colleague wouldn’t notice it.

    But this double life fastrates him, at night time, he vents his angry by blogging every unpleasant thing about this country and wants the world to share his hatred.

    In here, in this blog space, he finds his inner peace.

    Now with an exciting life like this, would anyone want to go back to the dole 9-5 routine back home?

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