Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Chinese Government-Owned Company to Buy IBM's Computer Business

Reports indicate that the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States has approved IBM's sale of its computer business to Lenovo Group Ltd., a company partially owned by the Chinese government. Republican House members Duncan Hunter of California and Henry Hyde and Don Manzullo of Illinois have expressed concerns that the sale "may result in certain U.S. government contracts with or involving personal computers being fulfilled or participated in by the Chinese government." Does this strike anybody as scary?

It seems that Americans are satisfied living the myth of the friendly PRC. This despite Tiananmen Square, despite the countless forced abortions, despite widespread reports of slave labor and despite the fact that the ordinary Chinese have no political or civil rights. I wonder if I will someday wake up to find China telling the US what to do.

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