Hillary’s New China Pattern

No China Problem Then

  • It’s OK for President Bill Clinton to approve the export of radiation hardened computer chips to China in 1996.
  • According to the New York Times, Bill Clinton removed $2 billion in trade with China from national security scrutiny. Among the results: 77 supercomputers – capable of 13 billion calculations per second – that could scramble and unscramble secret data and design nuclear weapons. These were purchased by the Chinese without a peep stateside. At least some of them would be used by the Chinese military. (Full Story)
  • Feb. 12, 1998: As Bill Clinton ponders whether to sign another waiver allowing launch of a Loral satellite aboard a Chinese missile, National Security Adviser Sandy Berger sends him a memo saying the Justice Department `has cautioned that a national interest waiver in this case could have a significant adverse impact on any prosecution [of Loral] that might take place based on a pending investigation of export violation.’ (Congressional Record)
  • Hillary Accepts Chinese Immigrants Money- Dishwashers, waiters and others whose jobs and dilapidated home addresses seem to make them unpromising targets for political fundraisers are pouring $1,000 and $2,000 contributions into Clinton’s campaign treasury. In April, a single fundraiser in an area long known for its gritty urban poverty yielded a whopping $380,000. (Full Story)

But Today, Hillary wants President Bush to boycott the opening ceremonies of the Olympics in China this summer. She said in her press release:

The violent clashes in Tibet and the failure of the Chinese government to use its full leverage with Sudan to stop the genocide in Darfur are opportunities for Presidential leadership. These events underscore why I believe the Bush administration has been wrong to downplay human rights in its policy towards China. At this time, and in light of recent events, I believe President Bush should not plan on attending the opening ceremonies in Beijing, absent major changes by the Chinese government.

Why the change? Did China change markedly from 1996 when Bill had no problem giving them hi-tech chipsets? I don’t think so. Did the Satellites launched by China show something? Did the checks from the dishwashers bounce? Maybe Hillary just needed to pen something to distract the media from her campaign’s apPENNdectomy namely Mark Penn.

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