America has developed an unhealthy codependency on China. How else to describe a relationship with a cheating and abusive partner that keeps us willingly hooked and addicted to attractively priced consumer technologies, while coercing or out and out stealing the wealth of our nation’s intellectual properties and threatening the safety of our friends and neighbors?
And as is so often the case in such codependency relationships, do we or the Chinese really wish to face the consequences of any fundamental changes in behavior within the governing and economic systems of China?
“The Chinese Economic Miracle,” has been a common phrase that until just recently tripped easily off the lips of western national leaders and local laborers alike. The first decade of the 21st Century has seen a remarkable economic quadrupling in the most populous nation on the planet. From the country into the cities, the Middle Kingdom has experienced a migration of biblical proportions involving a population larger than that of the entire United States. With it has come much of the benefits to a growing middle class and now also the challenges for the one-party rulers amidst the rising demands for greater openness and freedom.
The author would be remiss if not noting that as the research and writing of this book progressed, it began to feel as if it were taking on some aspects of a morality play; indeed that may well be an apt description of the book’s theme. There is endemic corruption that pervades and influences every aspect of life in Communist China. The real question now is how dependent has America become on China and have our national values and guiding principles been irrevocably compromised?
Co-de-pen-den-cy: a psychological condition or a relationship in which a person is controlled or manipulated by another who is affected with a pathological condition. (Merriam-Webster)