Sunday, May 18, 2008

Cuban Missile Crisis? Baja Trade Crisis

So Chinese companies are pushing for a port in upper Baja California. Ever been down there? Despite southern Californians filtering into the peninsula for decades, it's still almost all empty desert and saguaros coming right up to the blue Pacific, and there are stretches where there's no ATM for 200 miles. You can dig for oysters on the gulf side or go surfing on the ocean side. In fact northern Baja was a Mexican territory and wasn't even admitted as a state until 1974. And although I love the emptiness and still almost total lack of development a measly few hours drive south of San Diego, the place's undeveloped frontier status is obvious.

Which is exactly why local officials are drooling at the prospect of a billion dollar port. It still wouldn't be a picnic for most Mexicans, or for any Americans. Not only would there be an obvious negative environmental impact and a total destruction of the area's character - but suddenly the Mexican government is less interested in listening to Washington, and more interested in listening to Beijing. You think that's incidental to China's plans here? Just about as incidental to China's control of the Panama Canal. It's almost like there's a concerted effort. But don't worry about China - they're not a threat. They would have you believe IF IT'S BAD FOR THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT, IT'S A THREAT TO WORLD HARMONY AND IS PROBABLY BEING PROMOTED BY CAPITALIST SWINE IN AMERICA.

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