China invite adds insult to injury

At a time when the U.S. continues to struggle with currency manipulation and other questionable economic tactics by China, it’s wrong to allow the Chinese military to participate in the Pentagon’s invitation-only Rim of the Pacific (RIM-PAC) naval exercise in 2014.

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, has been leading an effort to even the playing field for domestic manufacturers, especially those in the Mahoning Valley. One is found in legislation designed to crack down on currency manipulation by China and other nations. It’s the Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act of 2013

”We need to hold countries like China accountable so that they don’t exploit an unfair advantage through currency manipulation and other trade subsidies,” Ryan said. ”The Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act will keep our manufacturing sector thriving and keep the United States competitive in the global marketplace. We owe it to the American people to take action on the currency imbalance we have with China. This legislation has bipartisan support, will address our trade imbalance and help create the jobs we need here at home.”

Rather than Obama Administration support to force China to play by the rules, the White House is supporting the Pentagon’s invitation for China to join the U.S. and its allies in the naval exercise. And this is happening even though, according to experts in Asian affairs, the Chinese are positioning themselves to wage war against America.

”Beijing is configuring its forces – especially its navy – to fight ours,” Gordon G. Chang, author of ”The Coming Collapse of China,” and James A. Lyons Jr., a retired admiral who commanded the U.S. Pacific Fleet in the 1980s, wrote recently in the Los Angeles Times.

”China has deployed along its southern coast its DF-21D, a two-stage solid-fuel missile that is dubbed the ‘carrier killer’ because it can be configured to explode in midair, raining down sharp metal on a deck crowded with planes, ordinance, fuel and sailors. Its apparent intent is to drive U.S. forces out of East Asia.

The main gist of Chang’s and Lyons’ op-ed column was that that the U.S. should not allow China to enter a naval exercise reserved for ”friends.”

Ryan should join the RIM-PAC protest.