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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

People’s Daily on U.S. Arms Sales to Taiwan: Treasury Bonds as Weapons

The following is a signed editorial, written by Ding Gang (丁刚, a People’s Daily senior reporter (or editor, also known for columns at the English-language Global Times).

Published by People’s Daily online on August 4 (GMT). Links within the following blockquotes added during translation – JR.

Now is the time to give Washington a little beating with our financial weapons! We didn’t really want to turn America’s bonds into weapons, but Washington forces China to do so.

On August 1, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a motion concerning the debt problem, and its Taiwan group, on August 2, the Taiwan working group initiated a jointly-signed paper. 181 Representatives jointly sent a letter to Obama, demanding the federal government to approve the sales of F-16C/D fighter planes to Taiwan promptly, based on the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), “in order to ensure peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait”.

On that same August 2, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a motion concerning the debt problem, passed a motion to be put into immediate effect by the Obama administration, to enable the finance department to issue bonds for additional debts amounting to  400 billion US dollars. Should China be the biggest buyer again?

U.S. Congress can’t be unaware of the fact that raising the debt ceiling and issuing bonds again depends on China and other “big capitalists” who would buy them. But at the same time, they don’t consider China’s core interests, and stir further arms sales to Taiwan, to add even more contempt and outrageous arrogance to an already extremely deplorable situation.
美国议员们不会不知道,提高债务上限,发行新债,还是要靠中国等“ ”来购买,但同时,他们又根本不把中国的核心利益放在心上,继续鼓动对台售武,甚至还要升级,其轻蔑与狂妄已到了无以复加的地步。

A Chinese reduction or halt in buying American bonds would make the bonds less valuable, and affect the value of the bonds China is holding. But as things have gone as far as they are now, I’m afraid we will lose more than just dollars if we let the Washington politicians continue their game.

The delivery of some new arms to Taiwan may spur American employment rates a bit, but there is no way that they will bring Taiwan’s military power up to the mainland’s [i. e. China – JR]. But the actual problem lies somewhere else. It is that some members of the Congress keep showing contempt for China’s core interests which shows that they absolutely have no intention to respect China. If we don’t give them a little beating, if we don’t make America feel the pain, Sino-American relations will be impeded by those few people, and the risks of “sitting on a roller coaster” remain inescapable.

A reduction or stop in buying American bonds will of course spell some losses for China. We must find ways to reduce such losses, and switch from our passive to an active role. Among the measures taken should be a direct relation between the purchases and American policies. For example, the amount to which we buy bonds should be in relation to what America sells to Taiwan. Another example: we should influence international rating agencies, demand a downgrade of American bonds, thus raising the interest rates. Also, we could introduce limited sanctions against the states where the agitating members of Congress come from, thus focusing on striking at their employment rates.

China is reluctant to use the U.S. bonds it is holding as weapons, as it is the hard-earned money of the Chinese common people, which must be valued highly. But when China’s sovereignty and integrity is offended, we have no other way than turning them into weapons that defend us.



» US gives Taiwan Assurances, Taipei Times, August 9, 2011
» Asia to keep buying US debt, AP, August 9, 2011
» The Costs of Running a Trade Surplus, August 7, 2011


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Easy Shortwave Listening in Northern Germany (July/August 2011)

The following are shortwave radio stations recorded during the past two weeks. Receiver: Grundig Satellit 300, a “toe in the water” at the time it was manufactured in the first half of the 1980s, with some eight meters of copper wire added as an antenna, to keep it portable. Mostly listened while at work outdoors, or at the desk. Some of the “P” ratings (within “SINPO”) could have been better if there hadn’t been an electric fence around.

To make the following table load accurately, you will probably need to click this blogpost’s headline to view it individually.

Frequency Station Location Language Date Time (GMT) S I N P O
15,522 kHz Voice of Tibet » TJK » Mandarin August 7, 2011 13:37 – 13:53  3 3  5  3  3
17,515 kHz China National Radio CHN » Mandarin August 7, 2011 13:00 – 13:30 5 5 5 4 4
17610 kHz1) IRIB Tehran IRN » Mandarin August 7, 2011 12:05 – 12:50 3 5 4 3 3
4,905 kHz PBS Tibet TIB » English August 5, 2011 22:30 – 23:00 4 5 4 4 4
17,670 kHz Radio Romania Int’l ROU » English July 30, 2011 11:32 – 11:50 5 5 5 4 4
21,630 kHz IRIB Tehran IRN » English July 30, 2011 11:03 – 11:25 4 5 4 3 3
15,270 kHz2) Radio Cairo EGY » English July 29, 2011 19:04 – 19:15 5 4 4 5 4
Voice of Vietnam QSL, 1980s

This isn't one of the smartest designs in my old QSL card collection, but no other card was as beautifully hand-written as this one.



1) also on 17670, but with a much weaker signal there
2) Egypt may be undergoing big political changes, but modulation has remained unrevolutionized so far and was as terrible as ever (if not worse).

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