I want to thank all of our posters on “What is China?” for their postings. I will note that our servers were attacked and brought down for a few minutes today, Friday, and that our tech team had the servers back up and running within minutes. Why do I mention this? Yesterday, an LA law firm which had filed a $2.2B suit against China for stealing the IP of a California company also found their servers attacked, just a day or so after the suit was filed.
Is this how we do business now?
I think it is very important, and enlightening for the rest of the world, that those who suffer cyber attacks after crticizing China, should go public IMMEDIATELY.
Like Google, and like SNS, the effect of this should be obvious: depriving China of the cyberattack tool it has recently deployed. Google claims that 34 other corporations were also hacked.
OK, CEOs of these corporations, it is time for you to step forward. We already have a human rights student from Stanford willing to stand up and say NO. Are you CEOs more afraid than she is?
I now want to point out something obvious in our conversation on China: the angry, obvious Communist Chinese writers are: angry and the most aggressive. We in the non-Chinese world are feeling our way here, brothers, so give us a little breathing space. We began by giving your country the benefit of the doubt; so far, it has not worked out properly.
We really do want to have China join the world trading group as a “normal” member, which means, China really does have to become “normal.”
This would mean that China would have to protect Intellectual Property, from all countries. This would mean that China would prosecute and disavow IP theft.
This would mean that China would have to allow imports, as well as exports, without structural barriers, as in wind farm equipment.
This would mean that China would allow its currency, like almost all other currencies in the world, to be fair priced.
We look forward to having China as a real partner in the world, not on its own private terms, but on terms well understood by global trading partners. All of us look forward to this, but our optimism in having China joining world commerce should never be confused with bad acting, illegal behavior, IP theft, structural barriers, or other current practices which need to be dissolved before China is a trusted member of the trading community.
In short: All of us want to trade with China. But China seems to have a model which harms its partners. Fix the model, and join us. Right now, through the WTO, the EU, the US, and other organizations, you hear us asking: Please fix your model.
We welcome you, but we do not welcome your model.