Thursday, August 16, 2007

The "Leave Us Alone" Concert

From President Hu Jintao's speech in Bishkek at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization:

"The most serious challenge we face is that whether all member states can effectively maintain their sovereignty, security and development."

Can the heterogenous group of states that comprise the Shanghai Cooperation Organization's members and observers "hang together"? The Chinese think that they can if the interests are right. Otherwise, sky's the limit. Want your country's executive branch to be decided by competitive elections? Think that laws should be enacted only if they are in conformity with the particular interpretation of a religion? Create what to all intents and purposes is a "republican monarchy" (call him president but treat him like a king--and pass power to his progeny). No problem.

You do what you want, we do what we want, and that's that.

Interesting developmets.

From Xinhua:

Chinese President Hu Jintao called here Thursday for timely coordination between China and Russia of stance on bilateral ties and major regional and global issues.

Hu made the remarks while meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
China could care less what sort of goverment your country has as long as you pay your bills or sell them what they need. This is why they can do business with Zimbabwe, Australia, Sudan and the US without any problems.
Yes, China is what US used to be - a bunch of Yankee Traders who cared only about their country and money.

It i hight-time US went back to the ethos of those Yankee Traders.
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