Xi ching!

XI ching!!

Upon arrival in the US, China’s President Xi Jinping extended a very generous entrepreneurial hand.

“In a display of give and take, Boeing Co. unveiled its largest industrial investment in China and landed $38 billion worth of jet orders and commitments from Chinese carriers and lessors as the country’s president visited Boeing’s main factory.

Wednesday’s announcements, which came during Xi Jinping’s first state visit to the U.S, underscored the intertwined interests of the world’s largest plane maker and an aviation market on track to soon become the world’s biggest.”

above from http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-09-23/boeing-china-swap-jet-deals-as-xi-s-visit-underscores-stakes

To top that off, over the weekend according to http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/27/world/asia/president-xi-jinping-of-china-pledges-2-billion-to-fight-poverty.html?_r=0

“President Xi Jinping told the United Nations on Saturday that China would pledge $2 billion as an initial investment for development assistance to the poorest countries. Addressing a United Nations summit meeting on development, Mr. Xi said China would increase its funds to $12 billion over the next 15 years to help the United Nations reach a goal of eliminating extreme poverty by 2030.”

Also it was pointed out in last week’s New Yorker that “trade between China and the U.S. has grown from $2 billion in 1979 to $592billion last year, making the two nations more interdependent than ever before.”

What do you think the West should make of this sugar daddy of the East?

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60 Responses to Xi ching!

  1. Flatus says:

    Beware of grinning Chinese eager to “help’ you. In this this case the quid is an entry-level Boeing factory in China. Better yet, we should demand rights to manufacture disposable chopsticks for the Chinese fast-food market. (and it’s still sprinkling here)

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  2. patd says:

    He said what? China’s Xi Jinping makes ‘House of Cards’ joke
    http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/23/asia/xi-jinping-us-visit-house-of-cards/index.html

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  3. patd says:

    from http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/28/china-hillary-clinton-womens-rights-united-nations
    A strongly worded editorial in the fiercely nationalistic, state-run newspaper Global Times likened Clinton to Donald Trump, a “demagogue” whose popularity is based on his “big mouth”.
    “It seems that Hillary, eager to keep a competitive edge in the game, has also resorted to these ignominious shenanigans,” the editorial said, calling her a rabble-rouser who has thrown away her decency and reputation in order to gain a leg up in the election.
    […]
    “The US presidential election has resulted in an increasing number of ill consequences when democracy spins out of control,” the editorial said. “Policies, guidelines and public interests will have to make room for political chicanery that can incite the voters, by whose support the candidates can succeed to the throne. China-bashing has become an effective way for them to win more votes.”

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  4. rebelliousrenee says:

    I think the West has to deal with the Eastern “sugar daddy” whether we like it or not. And heaven help us if the next President is one of those idiot Repugs. I’m voting for Hillary because as a former Secretary of State she already has working relationships with other world leaders. To me that and the Supreme Court picks is the most important thing a president will do.

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  5. Jamie says:

    Got away from all the politics just to watch great performers doing their thing for a great cause with the Global Citizen Festival hosted by Stephen Colbert & Hugh Jackman.

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  6. Jamie says:

    Patd – When you write an article, off to the bottom right side, you can select topics used before (I automatically check politics & Trailmix) you can also add topics such as China or Xi Jinping for this one which then become search terms for engines such as Google. Without those you get an automatic “uncategorized” I don’t need to review anything you write, just check the list of posts that come up before you start to see if someone has put up within 24 hours that you might be stepping on. On the upper right side, you can see “publish immediately” with an “edit” link beside it. If you are finished writing but want to delay publishing for a specific date & time, you can set it there. If you are not finished writing but just want to come back to it, then hit draft. If you just want to look at how it will appear on the page here, hit preview.

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  7. patd says:

    tony, you’ll be glad to hear that

    “After largely staying in the background this summer as Hillary Rodham Clinton kicked off her second campaign for president, former President Bill Clinton is ready to take on a more active and public role in his wife’s second bid for the White House…..

    “He’s going to be very active,” said Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime Clinton confidant. “He always intended to come out and support his wife. He’s now at the point that he’s ready to get out there.”

    http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=757&sid=36717738&title=hillary-clintons-2016-campaign-set-to-get-a-boost-from-bill&s_cid=queue-8

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  8. rebelliousrenee says:

    Rick and I are taking an early morning flight to Ft Myers, FL. We will be gone for a week. We will take my mini IPad… so I may pop in here… but I won’t be putting up any new posts. This coming Sunday, Oct 4th, is our 40th wedding anniversary… we want to celebrate on the beach with Pina Coladas…. YUM!

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    • Flatus says:

      “…We will take my mini IPad…” Is that something like a Fiat 500?? You and Rick have a wonderful 40th!

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    • patd says:

      “we want to celebrate on the beach with Pina Coladas” and who is this ms. pina person? hmmm…a ménage à trois on the sandy beach….maybe à quatre… or more.
      just be sure to save all those little paper parasols.

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  9. patd says:

    renee, while you’re in south florida say hi to marco for us.
    his latest comments http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/09/28/443986579/marco-rubio-president-obama-has-strengthened-putins-hand were telling:
    At the Values Voter Summit in Washington on Friday, Trump called Rubio a “clown” — drawing sustained boos from the crowd of social conservatives.
    In response, Rubio tells NPR, “I’m not interested in the back and forth.” He then went on to further his criticism of Trump, referring to his presence in the race as a “freak show.”
    “[Trump] is a very sensitive person. He doesn’t like to be criticized. He responds to criticism very poorly,” Rubio says.

    unlike marco of course.

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  10. tonyb says:

    Trump’s tax plan seems to help the rich get even richer than Jeb!’s plan
    by Kerry Eleveld
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/09/28/1425586/-Trump-s-tax-plan-seems-to-help-the-rich-get-even-richer-than-Jeb-s-plan

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  11. tonyb says:

    Nancy Pelosi calls for investigation into misleading video attacks on Planned Parenthood
    by Laura Clawson
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/09/28/1425588/-Nancy-Pelosi-calls-for-investigation-into-misleading-video-attacks-on-Planned-Parenthood

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  12. Jamie says:

    Okay this is fun. A website in the Netherlands dedicated to evolution has some really neat animations: http://evoboek.nl/portfolio/evo-boek-9/

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  13. tonyb says:

    The Blackmail Caucus, a.k.a. the Republican Party
    By Paul Krugman
    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/28/opinion/paul-krugman-the-blackmail-caucus-aka-the-republican-party.html?_r=0
    “John Boehner was a terrible, very bad, no good speaker of the House. Under his leadership, Republicans pursued an unprecedented strategy of scorched-earth obstructionism, which did immense damage to the economy and undermined America’s credibility around the world.

    Still, things could have been worse. And under his successor they almost surely will be worse. Bad as Mr. Boehner was, he was just a symptom of the underlying malady, the madness that has consumed his party.”

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  14. tony says:

    Washington Post’s Weigel Criticizes Media For Mischaracterizing Clinton’s Meet The Press Interview To Paint Her As Dismissive
    KATIE SULLIVAN
    http://www.mediamatters.org/blog/2015/09/28/washington-posts-weigel-criticizes-media-for-mi/205823
    “In a September 28 post for The Washington Post’s The Fix, David Weigel criticized the media’s subsequent coverage of the interview, noting that several news outlets had misleadingly framed Clinton’s mention of a conspiracy theory during the interview as her “dismiss[ing]” her use of a private email server. Pointing out that her reference to a conspiracy theory was actually “calling back to something Todd said at the start of the interview,” Weigel noted that the mischaracterization of her comment was part of a “long political history” of the “media’s willingness to believe the worst about Clinton”

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  15. patd says:

    this is a good rundown of that “authenticity” bug-a-boo being tossed around by the media. read the entire article for an excellent history lesson on its effect. it also has a test where you can rate your own authenticity.

    from http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/no-one-knows-whether-hillary-clinton-is-authentic/?ex_cid=ABC-News-2
    What Walsh is really saying without quite realizing it is that Clinton cannot fake certain traits in public that she exudes in private. He is praising her authenticity, by accident.
    We make a dangerous mistake if we evaluate authenticity on the basis of how a person responds to the artificialities of the American campaign season.
    No one knows what authenticity really is, so it’s not super useful in understanding elections. Let’s stay away from catch-all adjectives that ghostwrite our explanations for candidates’ behavior. It’s not fair to them, and it’s not the way we actually choose our leaders.

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  16. Jamie says:

    Watching the grilling of Planned Parenthood’s Richards is enough to make any woman homicidal toward the #GOP even if she is ardently Pro-life. The way they are speaking to Richards and about women is enough to make you loathe the Republican male.

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  17. We had us a tornady right here on the island……it was a few miles over thataway so we didn’t experience the thrill at all……but they closed a bunch of roads and that put quite a hitch in my git- along…….

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  18. blueINdallas says:

    1) Talk is cheap.
    2) Ending poverty is not China’s endgame.
    3) Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!

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  19. blueINdallas says:

    Glad the tornado didn’t get to you.
    Stay safe!

    RR – Happy 40th to you & Rick!

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  20. That tornady knew better than to be effing around over here……
    I guess I’m a bit jaded and self centered over natural weather phenomena……and blasé …..
    I mean, I saw Key Largo……..

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    • patd says:

      what’s the difference between waterspouts and tornadoes to an islander there? is it only a matter of whether the funnel cloud is over water rather than land or is it that it contains more wind and debris than water and debris o all the above? inquiring minds need to know these things.

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  21. Flatus says:

    Sturg, if you need to evacuate because of the emerging storm, I’m on high ground here.

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  22. Haha……sea level is rising but I’m gambling my truck will float……..F-150, I just know that F is for floater……

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  23. Waterspout and tornady: They’re both the same if they’re too close for comfort…….

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    • tonyb39 says:

      Speaker wannabe Kevin McCarthy’s gaffe on Benghazi.

      EVERYONE KNOWS the definition of a Beltway “gaffe,” which Michael Kinsey described as inadvertently telling the truth. What the new speaker of the House wannabe Kevin McCarthy told Sean Hannity qualifies as a whopper of a gaffe. It’s what we all knew to be true from the start.

      Reporting from MSNBC

      “What you’re going to see is a conservative Speaker, that takes a conservative Congress, that puts a strategy to fight and win. And let me give you one example. Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right?

      “But we put together a Benghazi special committee. A select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she’s untrustable. But no one would have known that any of that had happened had we not fought to make that happen.”
      From the Washington Post

      The interview ran late Tuesday night, giving Hillary Clinton’s campaign and allies time to prepare a counterattack. They — and Democrats, generally — had always described the May 2014 creation of the Select Committee on Benghazi as a political fishing expedition. All of a sudden, McCarthy was saying so, just to mollify a partisan conservative TV host. Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon quickly argued as much on Twitter.

      “The political hatchet job at taxpayer expense that is the current Benghazi investigation in the House has been officially exposed by who else – the future Speaker of the House,” said Brad Woodhouse, president of the pro-Clinton rapid response group Correct the Record. “We have been saying for years that Republicans were exploiting the deaths of four Americans for political gain. Kevin McCarthy just admitted it. Disgraceful.”
      http://www.taylormarsh.com/2015/09/speaker-wannabe-mccarthys-benghazi-gaffe/#comment-41428

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  24. blondewino says:

    The most workable and innovative tax plan for the US??? Start taxing the churches.

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  25. Jamie says:

    Interesting on All In last night to hear the mayor of South Miami scold both Bush and Rubio for ignoring the flooding in the streets at high tides thanks to Climate Change and sea level rise. His description of sunny day flooding as ocean salt water came up through the street drains was a humorous as it was a threat of even worse things to come.

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  26. tony says:

    Michele Bachmann Believes God Could Destroy The Nation Over Gay Marriage
    Bye, America!
    Curtis M. Wong
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/michele-bachmann-gay-marriage_560abcc4e4b0af3706ddfb8e

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  27. tony says:

    Likely House Speaker Praises Benghazi Committee For Hurting Hillary Clinton Politically
    “Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right?”
    Sam Levine
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kevin-mccarthy-benghazi-committee_560bdeb5e4b0dd850309e5ed
    Here’s the video! Sorry GOP!

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  28. tony says:

    Clinton slams McCarthy’s ‘distressing’ Benghazi remarks
    By Jesse Byrnes
    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/255493-clinton-slams-mccarthys-distressing-benghazi-remarks

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  29. tony says:

    How Pope Francis Undermined the Goodwill of His Trip and Proved to Be a Coward
    Michelangelo Signorile
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelangelo-signorile/pope-francis-kim-davis_b_8221090.html
    “After first refusing to confirm nor deny it, the Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis met with the Kentucky clerk Kim Davis at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, where Davis’ attorney — who made the news public after the pope’s trip ended — said Francis told her to “stay strong.” And that simple encounter completely undermines all the goodwill the pope created in downplaying “the gay issue” on his U.S. trip.”

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  30. tony says:

    Hillary Clinton Wanted To Go Public About Outdated State Email System In 2011
    A top adviser said government technology “is so antiquated that NO ONE uses a State-issued laptop.”
    Amanda Terkel
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hillary-clinton-emails-state_560c4a18e4b0dd85030a8b40
    “WASHINGTON — In June 2011, Hillary Clinton and her top advisers bemoaned the outdated technology at the State Department, saying many officials had to use their personal email accounts in order to get any work done.

    The email exchange, which came shortly after Google revealed that it suspected Chinese hackers tried to steal passwords of hundreds of Gmail users, including U.S. government officials, gives further insight into Clinton’s decision to forego a government email account while serving as secretary of state. 

    Anne-Marie Slaughter, who had served as the State Department’s director of policy planning until February of that year, sent an email to Clinton and three of her top aides — Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills and Jake Sullivan — arguing that the issue of the State Department’s outdated technology needed to be highlighted:”

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  31. rachael maddow pointed out the presumptive speaker of the house talks like sarah palin y

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  32. tony says:

    Rachel Maddow exposes Kevin McCarthy, Speaker in waiting channeling Sarah Palin?
    by Egberto Willies
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/10/01/1426550/-Rachel-Maddow-exposes-Kevin-McCarthy-Speaker-in-waiting-channeling-Sarah-Palin
    Video

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  33. tony says:

    Indiana GOP’s House Leader resigns after texting sexually explicit video of himself cheating on wife to everyone on his “Contacts” list
    The family-values friendly Jud McMillin claimed his phone was “stolen in Canada,” but resigned in disgrace anyway
    SCOTT ERIC KAUFMAN
    http://www.salon.com/2015/09/30/indiana_gops_house_leader_resigns_after_texting_sexually_explicit_video_of_himself_cheating_on_wife_to_everyone_on_his_contacts_list/

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  34. Flatus says:

    I wonder where Rick and Renee are going to go on their 50th? Darned weather. Hopefully, they’re safely ensconced in their niche of Florida heaven mumbling, “What weather…”

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    • patd says:

      flatus, her post said they were flying to ft.myers and that “Sunday, Oct 4th, is our 40th wedding anniversary… ”

      Jamie, maybe the trail should have a special thread this weekend to celebrate the not-so-newly weds. maybe don ho or jimmy buffett youtube on the beach somewhere singing the anniversary song.

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  35. patd says:

    a little preview for the lovers…. not exactly ft myers, not exactly jimmy buffett

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  36. patd says:

    have a feeling that putin watches “house of cards” and liked episodes 9-10 in season 3

    http://www.wyff4.com/national/us-russias-syria-intentions-unclear/35591892
    “One day into military campaign, Russia’s intentions remain unclear”

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  37. patd says:

    from http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/10/01/1426634/-Republicans-try-to-walk-back-comments-that-Benghazi-Committee-s-aim-is-attacking-Hillary-Clinton#
    Republicans, we’re told, have put on their Very Serious Frowny Faces in response to House majority leader and probable next speaker Kevin McCarthy telling the truth: that the Benghazi Committee has been a success for Republicans because it has hurt Hillary Clinton’s standing in polls. This is not the sort of thing you’re supposed to say publicly, even when everyone know it’s true, so McCarthy’s fellow Republicans sauntered out about a day after McCarthy’s comments to deny it all.
    Speaking to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room,” Chaffetz, R-Utah, said McCarthy should apologize, saying the California Republican made an “absolutely inappropriate statement.”
    “That was not the reason we started. We started because there were four dead Americans and we didn’t have answers,” Chaffetz said.

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    • patd says:

      from http://www.kspr.com/news/nationworld/begala-what-benghazi-hearing-is-really-about/21051646_35600728
      What does that have to do with the tragedy of Benghazi? Well, let me quote the campaign manager — err, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina: “Well, probably not much of anything.”
      Seriously. Fox News’ Chris Wallace asked Gowdy, “What does this [email controversy’] have to do with investigating what happened around Benghazi?” Gowdy responded, “Well, probably not much of anything.”
      By their own admission, both the leader of the House Republicans and the leader of the Benghazi Committee have revealed their true partisan intentions. The use of taxpayer funds to turn a congressional committee into a super PAC to launch political attacks — well, that’s a real scandal.

      and from http://www.newsroomamerica.com/story/521631/hoyer_statement_on_leader_mccarthys_comments_on_the_benghazi_select_committee.html
      “The Benghazi Committee is now one of the longest and least active Congressional investigations in history – operating for sixteen months and costing taxpayers $4.5 million, yet only three hearings have been held. It has duplicated the efforts of multiple other investigations, all of which found no wrongdoing….”

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  38. Jamie says:

    I have some very extreme right wing acquaintances, so often get links to some of the crap they circulate amongst themselves. In case you were wondering about just how weird the political season could get, you might (enjoy is not the word so let’s go with terrified by) this article about Valerie Jarrett. Heaven help you if you ever had an FBI file in the 50s or ever associated with Planned Parenthood. You are definite a communist of the worst order actively betraying the US. http://www.socio-political-journal.com/2015/09/the-communist-family-tree-of-valerie.html

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  39. Jamie says:

    NEW THREAD dedicated to Rick & Renee. Feel free to add your own thoughts & music.

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