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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