Let me think about that. Probably the biggest disagreement is on Taiwan. I don't understand Chinese opinion about Taiwan. What is so offensive about it?
Sounds like that may be what it is.Vajradhara said:they are the ones that got away from the Communists and, go figure, the Communists aren't so keen on that kinda thing going on in the midst of their revolution and all.
other than that...follow the $$$
Its a good question, and the religious reasons are that this will benefit posterity, the next generation or two of children -- maybe many more. The secular, more immediate reason, is that complex economic ties between the two huge nations is a discouragement to war. The USA's immediate motivation is to promote peace in the immediate or near future as well as economic stability in the world (foremost for its own benefit). The immediacy places it in the secular realm. "Lets avoid world war at all costs," followed by the religious "won't it be great to have warm relations between us and the Chinese? Imagine the shear potential 50 years from now!"
IowaGuy said:Eclectic - you do not seem very familiar with the priciples of macroeconomics. If we did not pay them the debt that they are owed, the U.S. would go the way of Argentina's hyperinflation/default, or what you are starting to see with the European debt crisis (which will get worse as Greece gets closer to what is a probable default). No one would lend to us, and therefore our interest rates would skyrocket and could possibly set forth a wave of hyperinflation as the dollar would weaken tremendously.
And I mean we, the average U.S. shopper. WE demanded more for less. Meanwhile (after balance of trade went out the window) we discovered we wanted more and more of what the Orient produced and what Europe had (products and social security). But we never wanted to pay the real price.... the price we would have paid if Bretton Woods or the old 25% down for a house had remained (geez, "if vets get houses for nothing down, why can't I?"). The S&L crisis and the early (say 2000 and 2001) rumblings about the housing crisis came across our bows and we missed them (just liked we missed the warnings about UBL and 9/11).
Fast forward thirty years. All of a sudden we cut taxes (the wealth will "tickle down"... but it never did and never has) and start one very expensive war (we have to stand up to those others! we cried). And to keep functioning we turned the biggest surplus in history (2000, the last year of Clinton's Presidency) into the biggest deficit in history (now). We borrowed the money.
As a matter of fact, its the other way around; certain people discovered this after they decided this, and hence you have the emergence of things like Cultural Marxism, Psychoanalysis and Planned Parenthood, and people like Edward Bernays.Then postmodernism came along and people decided that the West wasn't as great as it was cracked up to be.
Ok, lets talk about G!d, then. I was considering using the little '!' like BB does, to be polite, but then I thought "I don't really know what its for, do i?" Plus nobody else uses it, so then if somebody asks me why I'm using it all I can say is "BB does it." Why are you using it?Radarmark said:There is a reason why G!d created shark hooks, try a Manchester or a Basenji, they area little less terrier-like.