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Davos--Senator McCain on China.

Posted by: Bruce Nussbaum on January 27, 2007

I just had breakfast with Senator McCain at a media briefing. If I were still doing editorials, I would go into the details of his remarks on Iraq but I’m not and I won’t. The Senator’s comments on China are, however, important to the business community and the innovation and design space and I’ll share them.

McCain is troubled by what he sees as China’s failure to live up to its duties as a growing global power. He said “it’s time for China to step up and assume its responsibilities.” He listed China’s failure to pressure North Korea to curb its building of nuclear weapons and it’s failure to support sanctions against Iran in the UN. He said it was a Chinese missile that was exported to Iran and then given to Hezbollah that hit an Israeli ship offshore Lebanon when the Israelis responded to Hezbollah crossing the border and killing and kidnapping its troops.

McCain pointed to China’s successful shoot-down of a satellite as proof that China intends to be a world super-power. He said “China needs to act like a super-power” and take on global responsibilities. He added “some of us are disappointed its lack of maturity.”

Strong words. I’m off to register for a session on innovation in China. But we need to be reminded from time to time that business and trade occur within a global political context. Senator McCain did that for me this morning.

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Reader Comments


January 27, 2007 01:55 PM

Hi Bruce,

Thanks for this post. Many American citizens like myself are watching closely as the proto-candidates for 2008 begin articulating their China positions, and this was most helpful.

That said, recent history is replete with examples of candidates taking an anti-China stance while stumping, only to Come to Mao once in office.

Unless McCain - or any of the current crop of sprinters - actually make constructive suggestions as to how to better balance the need to get China to play by the rules on one hand and engage it as a partner on the other, such comments are so much campaign gas.


January 31, 2007 08:50 PM

why not link back to Arianna Huffington's column which is willing to editorialize about McCain and his churlish 'huffiness' when interacting with folks at this elite little gathering?

let others see divergent points of view


February 1, 2007 01:42 AM

Is McCain still running for president? Yes, of course, China sells arms. No one in U. S. politics can touch this trade cycle, Israel is selling, teaching about, and preparing advance avionic technology such as greater missile accuracy to China, China sells earlier generation technology to other south Asian and Middle Eastern countries which then use it against Israel. Israel uses this tech creep to improve their technology and to seek funding from the U. S. for more research or weapon procurement. Repeat cycle. McCain only mentioned one straight direction of where this is going.

Lisa W

March 6, 2008 08:57 PM

Clintons sell out to China.
What is McCain's stance on China?
What is Obama's stance on China?

Will they also sell out to the biggest campaign contributor's?

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