Global Trade Issues in Asia and CO2 Emission Tie-ins
By: Lance Winslow
If China really wants to someday be a global superpower and someday soon they definitely will become just that. It certainly will not be more than a couple of decades away. Today, they wished to be recognized in the rest of the world as one of its leading nations. However to do this, at some point it has to considering the resources it needs, and consider the human rights issues which are caused by its actions. After all, today the US and other first world nations are held to that standard.
We have been watching the Chinese government go on a scavenger hunt around the world seeking resources, mostly oil. They need resources to continue to grow. In doing this they have made pacts and trade deals with some questionable regimes and some rather rogue nation-states. China feels they have no choice, they have to get the resources as their civilization depends on it.
Many of these countries they have dealt with have leaders which are involved in questionable human rights issues, but China does what’s best for itself, often, without regard to the damage it does in propping up and funding rogue nations and Machiavellian dictatorship-like regimes for instance in Africa.
Now that the Global Warming International Convention is going on in Copenhagen, China will be asked to commit to reducing its carbon footprint, and reducing its pollution signature, which is probably a good thing. But how much will it be able to comply, with such strict standards without severely impacting its growth at a time when it is dealing with its economic challenges like much of the rest of the world?
Not long ago a University Research study showed that nearly 25% of all the air pollution in California is that which comes from China. That’s pretty scary because they are half way around the world and across the entire Pacific Ocean. So it’s getting to be serious, and something must be done. But on the issue of human rights, it’s even more serious.
The question the world should be asking China; is will they commit to Human rights stipulations with the trading pacts they make around the world? So far, the answer is no, and China has its own human rights issues which it is working trough at home and perhaps it doesn’t seem this is such a big deal to them, however, the rest of the free world and first world nations do care. And the Chinese are joining the ranks and so, they will indeed have to move forward with these challenges like all large nations and super powers, including the US.
China will soon be the second largest economy in the world by GDP, and as the world continues to trade with China, and in Copenhagen, there is no doubt they wish to put stipulations on Chinese goods tied to pollution of the air for trade with the EU. In the future water and human rights will become trade issues as well. Please consider all this.