The red carpet rollout at the White House for Chinese leader Hu Jintao, complete with celeb-studded gala, is reminiscent of that time Ronald Reagan threw a ball for Mikhail Gorbachev during the Cold War. Oh wait, that didn’t happen. Probably because Reagan wasn’t morally confused.
Morality gets muddy when those ideologically opposed to us start throwing around money – particularly when we’re collectively broke. While Western economic growth rate stagnates (2.6% over the year), China hasn’t had a growth rate as low as the USA’s since 1990 and now sits at nearly 11%. There may be some talk of inflation in China due to rising food prices, but the Chinese economy is diversified enough to reel in the slack. The really hot chick who downsizes her D-cup implants to B-cups is still going to be just as hot, and at least hotter than everyone else.
Right now, China is International Playboy Playmate 2011, making her world tour and being propositioned left and right by fiscally slutty world leaders. She’s playing on their most obvious vice in a time of economic crisis: not sex, but money. The words of former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev are coming back to haunt. He predicted that Communism would one day hang Capitalism, and that Capitalism would sell us the rope to do it. Tap into someone’s vice when they’re desperate enough, and they will find a way to compromise everything else they claim to value. What does a married man caught cheating with a mistress do when he gets busted? He rationalizes.
So what do Barack Obama, Nicolas Sarkozy, and other Western leaders do when their countrymen are wondering why China is getting the kind of unprecedented royal treatment that actual royals haven’t seen? They rationalize. They point out that the red carpet rollout is for the benefit of every taxpayer who will benefit from trade deals and sales between US and China.
Obama tells America that he’s using the opportunity to discuss human rights in an attempt to change China’s record. He pretends to be imposing some sort of positive influence upon Hu Jintao – who likely nods and smiles politely when Obama explains to him what he must do to control North Korea. Meanwhile, China and its ideological Siamese twin, Russia, are back home encouraging and wiping the sweaty brow of Laurent Gbagbo, who lost the Ivory Coast presidential elections and refuses to release his grip on power even when speed-balled around the head by every other leader in the international “community”.