The Inevitable World War With China
Mr. Zhao's imprisonment is tragically typical of China's tight control of the press. Thirty other journalists are currently imprisoned in China, according to the organization Reporters Without Borders.
China the Duplicitous
The Chinese economy is growing exponentially on the backs of American and European inventiveness. My files gathered over the past eight months are replete with myriad stories of piracy and theft of technology, copyright and patented materials. A sampling:
- The Chinese company contracted to make key electronic hearts of Apple's iPod stole the technology and is selling it to manufacturers all over Asia.
- Chinese knockoffs of competitors' automobiles costing 30 percent less are expected in the U.S. within two years.
- Transmissions by the world's pay-TV operators have been stolen by Chinese entrepreneurs and are now being broadcast all over the Far East.
- Unauthorized copies of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince were on sale in Beijing two weeks after the book was released in the U.K. and the U.S. and three months before the publication date in China.
- Pirated copies of Star Wars: Episode II--Revenge of the Sith were available all over the Far East within days of its opening. Pirated DVDs of top Hollywood films are routinely for sale in China and Hong Kong the day after they are released nationally here.
- Behind the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, a giant mall sells Swiss watches, designer handbags and jeans, Hollywood movies, American CDs, luggage, software and auto parts--all of them counterfeit.