Living and working here in China has helped me to more clearly understand what is going on in regards to many of the policies in this country. What we often judge as political is actually economic in nature. So long as I believed it was political, I was against any actions in the West that would prevent China from being opened up more than what it has. Now, I realize that powerful economic interests are actually behind many decisions from the government. For example, Facebook and Youtube...though Mark Zuckerberg was here in my city just a couple of months ago meeting with Ma Wen (Jack Ma) of Alibaba, his company can not operate here. One would think it has to do with government restrictions, as we have, but I now see it as one way the Chinese equivalent does not want any competition in this country. This goes for Youtube as well. The quality of both of those products, as well as Amazon and many others is so much higher that they know that they would have to change here or go under. Alibaba operates to a much higher standard in the West than it does in China. It is a nightmare of bureaucracy to conduct business in China, or to produce quality product. I have to share that even in terms of the production of ships by the naval yards here, foreign engineers are repeatedly sent messages that this or that might happen, such as their wife might loose her visa and be sent home, if they do not pass an inferior weld or shortcut in the making of a ship. The list goes on and on. In the end, I think that it might be necessary to no longer overlook some policies as political in nature, and thus be firm in our openness, but instead see them now as what they are, unfair trade practices and protectionism. Over the next few weeks, there is a good possibility that Western Union might be the next target for stricter control. Though the word is being sent out that this is to be to control the amount of currency flowing out of the country, domestic banks will not have the same restrictions. In regards to air and water quality, I believe I heard that the largest swath of gray sky in the world stretches from Beijing in the north and all the way to just north of Honk Kong. I have seen perhaps a total of 20 blue sky days in the 7 months here traveling and working around the country, and 10 of those days were out west near Tibet. Pharmaceutical companies openly poor their wastes into the rivers that occasionally turn red with iron oxide, and their chemists hack persistently whenever you see them. Yes, China is opening up politically, or so one would think, but it is not practicing the same economically. Sanctions are overdue, not only for the health of free trade, but the environment of the world.