December 23, 2016
Can't Breathe? Let's Have Sex!
Sales of condoms have shot up as Beijing is gripped by its first-ever red alert’ which has shutdown much of the city.
The ‘red alert’ has aimed to close schools and limit construction and other industry in the capital.
Smog ‘red alert’ which has shutdown much of the city.
There has been a rise in online orders for the contraception after many parts of the city were closed to protect people from its deadly air earlier this week, the Times of India reports.
The newspaper said that, according to search ratings provided for the week by China's largest online shopping platform Taobao.com, searches for condoms correlated with Chinese cities with heavy smog.
In Beijing and some other heavily polluted northern cities, the rise in condom orders surpassed those in cities with cleaner air.
Sales of face masks reportedly increased to the point where many outlets were completely out of stock, while sales of sportswear also saw a boost during the severe smog.
The air in Beijing is packed with poisonous particles that mean that people could become ill simply from being outside.
Air pollution monitors showed areas of the city had more than 256 micrograms per cubic metre of the poisonous particles, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) warning that anything over 25 micrograms is considered unsafe.
The poisonous smog in Beijing is caused by the burning of coal for industry and heating, and huge amounts of dust from the city’s many construction sites. The problem is being made yet worse by high humidity and low wind.
So here we are in the West, now with a pro business president, and THIS is our competition.
It's obvious that the Chinese Communist govt. doesn't give a squat about their citizens. That's ok, unless you happen to be a medical insurance company in China.
I feel for these people, I really do, I cannot imagine not being able to see the sky, or to have to wear a mask whenever Im outside.
Chinas Displeasure With The US...Say It Aint So.
This next article is something Im sure we will be seeing more of as time goes on. That is, Chinas displeasure with us. In other words China will use our businesses against us.
President Trump, I don't think will dance around this subject lightly. The big lobbyists are Boeing, General Motors, Apple and Farm equipment manufacturers.
Do you see the position we are in? Our politicians cringe every time "Jobs" are being parries with "national interests", and in the past, they have caved.
Peter Navarro is our new Trade Council head. He also authored a book Death by China. Evidently this work so impressed President Trump that he made this choice.
So, what about Apple Iphone made in the USA?
Hundai, Nissan, Mercedes Benz, BMW and other Asian manufacturers have made the southern US their manufacturing base for the American Market.
Why not Apple?
Dec. 22, 2016 5:09 a.m. ETChina trade skeptic to oversee American trade and industrial policy, as it weighed how to approach the U.S. president-elect’s threats of a confrontation over trade.
“China like every other country is closely watching the policy direction the U.S. is going to take,” said a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman on Thursday, without mentioning the nominee’s name. “Cooperation is the only right choice for both sides.”
Mr. Trump named Peter Navarro on Wednesday to head the National Trade Council, a newly created White House office. Mr. Navarro, a Trump campaign advisor and University of California professor, has argued that China’s accession to the World Trade Organization in 2001 halved American economic growth and cost it 70,000 manufacturing jobs.
He urges the U.S. and its allies to sharply reduce imports from China to deprive it of resources and to curb the country’s militaristic outlook. Otherwise, “we will have only ourselves to blame when the bullets and missiles begin to fly,” he wrote in his latest book.
Mr. Navarro’s appointment—and the Trump team’s threats to name China a currency manipulator and to erect high tariffs against it—drew fire in China outside official circles. Their rhetoric is based on “wrong ideas,” said Cheng Dawei, a Renmin University of China economics professor and former trade advisor to Beijing. But “China won’t make the first move.”
She said that China was using the time before the new administration takes power to collect evidence should it need to launch retaliatory trade cases against the U.S. “China is now preparing some weapons,” Ms. Cheng said. China’s Commerce Ministry “is quite busy now, I’m sure.”
Tough U.S. steps against China would likely prompt calibrated retaliatory moves by Beijing, economists and foreign trade analysts said.
“This is China’s style, not to announce it but just do it,” said Gary Hufbauer, a former Treasury official and fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. “Their objective will be to parry what Trump does with targeted reprisals in areas of U.S. vulnerability.”
Among China’s likely targets, say trade experts: Boeing Co. aircraft and U.S. farm exports from Midwestern Republican states. Canceled Boeing orders would hurt U.S. shareholders, labor unions and the U.S. trade deficit, prompting pressure on the new administration, said Derek Scissors, an economist at data provider China Beige Book International. As of last month, China is awaiting delivery of 292 Boeing jets.
Blocking soybean or other U.S. food exports would prompt action by Republican Senators whose constituents lack a large manufacturing base, Mr. Scissors added. China expects to import 86 million tons of soybeans in the 2016-2017 season, including 30 million tons from the U.S.
Beijing also could look to pressure U.S. multinationals such as General Motors Co., which relies on China as its largest sales market. “Some companies that already invest in China, we’re likely to push them to lobby Trump,” Ms. Cheng said.
Less clear is how much the Trump administration would respond to any U.S. multinational lobbying. Mr. Navarro in his latest book blames such companies as Boeing, Apple Inc. and GM for moving production to China to take advantage of its “illegal subsidies, sweatshop labor, tax loopholes and lack of environmental controls.”
Mr. Trump on Wednesday met in Palm Beach, Fla., with the chief executives of Boeing and Lockheed Martin Corp. to discuss in part ways to lower the costs of building a new Air Force One plane for the president-elect and future jet fighters.
To retaliate, China also could make use of informal trade barriers—making health claims against American food products, for example—that are highly technical and difficult to counter in the WTO but hurt U.S. exporters, some experts said. The U.S., Japan and Europe use similar non-trade barriers.
Trade battles between the world’s two largest economies would hurt both sides, economists said. When the U.S. slapped tariffs on imports of Chinese tires in 2009, it saved up to 1,200 jobs, according to a Peterson Institute study. But it cost U.S. consumers around $1.1 billion, or around $900,000 per job, in higher tires prices in 2011 and cut retail spending in other areas, leading to an overall loss of 2,500 jobs, the institute calculated. China, meanwhile, retaliated by blocking U.S. chicken exports, leading to $1 billion in lost U.S. sales.
“Even if U.S. companies move back to the U.S., it doesn’t mean manufacturing jobs will come back since U.S. companies will use automation to save money,” said Ms. Cheng, who said she hopes Mr. Navarro can visit China to bolster his understanding. “This policy is against the world economic trend,” she added.
My comment...Yes Ms Cheng, this move will cost alot of money to the manufacturers, and yes we will use the state of the art manufacturing techniques. We will also train our people to operate these factories, and there by creating AMERICAN jobs. Jobs that give people the opportunity to buy homes, cars, clothes and yes to pay taxes.
I'll buy a $700 Iphone made in the US over a $400 made in China every day.
That's how I roll Ms Cheng.
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