I know it is very hard to believe that others could be better than oneself. But, you see, your answer says more about your bend of mind than about anything.
It is the same thing, when people here in Germany say, that everyone bribes for business. They don't believe it could be different and try to justify what they see going on in their companies, when they cannot overlook it. Usually, of course, people will just act as if it didn't happen.
Last edited by joG; 05-20-14 at 05:49 AM.
Good enough reason to impose economic sanctions on China IMO.
The USA needs to become much more isolationist anyways for economic recovery, especially in regards to China.
Last edited by Muhammed; 05-20-14 at 06:26 AM.
In terms of China's hardening positions with regard to disputed areas, China's actions reflect its growing power. In the past, China was more restrained simply because China was weaker, not because China held different views. Given the importance of the waterways in question and overlapping territorial claims, including those held by U.S. allies, this is one of the big reasons the U.S. can ill-afford to step back from the world as some in the neo-isolationist movement might desire. This does not mean that the U.S. and China need to embark on a path of confrontation, but cooperation in areas of common interest coupled with careful management of areas where their interests diverge will be important.
Considering the wars we waged in Central & South America for various private companies like United Fruit Company and others, I am skeptical that the US does not conduct industrial espionage.
Considering that the NSA & DEA gather and record every single cellphone call made in, to or from the Bahamas of all places, how much further is it to conduct industrial espionage in countries with industry?
I'm not sure why there is so much hesitation to acknowledge that major Intelligence agencies engage in industrial espionage. Technologies, information, and knowledge often have national security implications. Hence, it makes sense for Intelligence agencies to be aware of such technologies, information, and knowledge, understand it, and ensure that their nations can apply it. That such technology is under patent is irrelevant. Otherwise, countries risk deliberately putting themselves at a qualitative disadvantage when it comes to national security. To do so would be an enormous failure of their national security responsibilities, even as national security is among the primary functions of government.
Merkel called and she wants her phone back.
‘This is not peace, it is an armistice for 20 years.’ (Ferdinand Foch. After the Treaty of Versailles, 1919).