How Ham Can Prevent War With China
Noah Feldman on the need to tread lightly in the coming 'cool war'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 3, 2013 12:58 PM CDT
Slices of a Smithfield boneless ham are displayed in Montpelier, Vt.    (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

(Newser) – China and the US are not-so-secretly on the verge of, if not a new cold war precisely, at least a cool one. When someone steals your top weapons secrets, then says they want a "new type" of relationship, you "start thinking he was planning to drink your milkshake," reasons Noah Feldman at Bloomberg. China is a "classic rising power," and because geopolitics is "almost always a zero-sum game," that means another power—the US—is declining, and great powers never take that well.

But if you're looking for optimism, recall a Chinese company's purchase last week of Smithfield Foods, America's (and the world's) largest pork producer. Never before have two rival superpowers been so economically interdependent—China holds 8% of our debt, and we have a 25% market share on Chinese exports. Any violent conflict would wreck both nations—think of it as "mutually assured economic destruction." The US must make clear that it won't abide by future cyberattacks, but the long-term strategy is clear: "Keep the pork foremost." Click for Feldman's full column.

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Jun 6, 2013 5:56 PM CDT
Smithfield controls more than 25% of the pork industry in the USA. I'm talking about the hog farms here. Reference here( Once the Chinese government owns Smithfield, all of that pork can be sent out of the country. This would cause a crisis in the domestic market. This needs to be blocked for national security reasons.
Jun 3, 2013 11:51 PM CDT
Are there any figures on how much American real estate the Chinese have bought? Here in the Bay Area real estate has risen a lot in the past couple of years, and many people attribute it partly to the number of Chinese investors buying.
Jun 3, 2013 11:03 PM CDT
He does not get it. China does for China, period. If buying an American company makes it some coin so they can build the military infrastructure stolen from US plans, then it will do so. They flooded our corporations with interns and employees who sent back thumb drives full of stolen plans and data. That's Chinese law. I learned of this from a university professor who was warned by a corporate director about how they caught Chinese interns downloading their corporate secrets onto thumb drives. They no longer hire any interns from Asia, period. Then a good friend is a missionary who does a lot of Asian work. He was going into local churches on his furloughs at home. But he was going into the local Chinese church. Then someone warned him about not talking about what he does in Asia, especially China. He found out that China has active "note takers" spread across this nation in the churches. They keep track of US churches who send over "mission trips" for the purpose of evangelism. China doesn't necessarily ban religion as a whole, but they do like to know who is coming to their nation to do evangelism and if there is any threat to the region where it is being done. So my friend learned to never speak in a Chinese church about his work that he may do in China. He found that out the hard way as his visa renewal in Hong Kong did not go as well as it has in the past. He had to wait an additional three months just to get a basic visa to return to China. He is now restricted in the regions he can visit. Someone evidently turned him in after he spoke at a Chinese church.