Thursday, March 24, 2005

Don't buy, China die (or economic deterrence)

Strategypage notes:
The US trade deficit (the value of goods bought from China versus what was sold to them) reached $162 billion. That amount accounts for over twenty percent of China's GDP (total economic activity.) This has serious military implications. If China goes to war with the United States, the first impact would not be bombs, but an end to exports to the United States. Putting over a hundred million Chinese out of work would have a larger impact than any bombing campaign.
(Hat tip Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit).

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