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The world knows that the PRC's most powerful financier is the USA.

Without Washington's solid support of Beijing Taiwan could have been a new Republic by now.


America's policy of is one of strategic ambiguity, not "solid support". It's a policy which is intended to paper over differences and keep the peace -- though it satisfies no one. (Moreover, Beijing's belligerence towards the U.S. belies the absurd notion that it's being "solidly supported".)

As for Western investment in China, that may indeed be one of the biggest blunders of the last 30 years.

But that goes doubly true of Taiwanese investment in China, which grew exponentially following the Tiananmen Massacre. That's like giving away the rope with which your countrymen will be latter be hanged.

(By way of comparison, in 2005 U.S. investment in China was $3.1 billion. Investment by Taiwanese investors on the other hand, was anywhere from $2.2 billion to a staggering $14.6 billion. It's hard to nail that number down, since many Red Fat Cats in Taiwan skirt their own country's capital-control laws by funnelling money into Communist China via the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands or Western Samoa.)

2005 Foreign Investment in China

At any rate, all of this is quite far off the topic of the post. So it really doesn't belong on this thread.

Thanks for the inspiration. Great insight.


This blogging stuff's kinda fun.

Maybe I should do it more often!

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