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China Rising: The Red Dragon Surpasses America as Dominant Exporter

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An image has been circulating around Twitter showing an infographic of China’s exports dominance over the course of nearly 20 years. This image came from an article by Liz Faunce in the Financial Times.

One image, representing a map of the U.S’s and China’s spheres of influences, had the U.S. as the dominant exporter in 2000.  With few exceptions, the U.S. dominated export markets in every region of the globe.

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But when China entered the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001, the entire game changed.

China is now the principal exporter on the world stage, with it dominating every continent with the exception of North America. Interestingly, South America, with exceptions of Ecuador and Colombia, are dominated by Chinese exports.

“It is clear that China has benefited from its belonging to the WTO, a process that started in the 1990s when Bill Clinton paved the way for it,” declared Thomas Costerg, senior economist at Pictet Wealth Management. Costerg’s team gathered the figures based on the IMF’s Direction of Trade Statistics database.

Costerg added, “They became a member in 2001 and China has become this massive manufacturing and export powerhouse over the past 20 years.” However, there is reason to believe that China’s trade dominance may not last for so long.

Costerg claims that China may face more competition for low value goods from countries such as Vietnam and textile exporters from South Asia. This serves as a reminder of the growing influence of China on the world stage.

While D.C. decided to launch never-ending wars in the Middle East, China used soft power through its trade agreements and economic clout to carve out massive spheres of influence across the globe.

With the election of Donald Trump, who ran on a platform that stressed equal terms of trade with China, now many are waking up to the malignant nature of the Chinese state.

Given its history of authoritarianism, China as a unipolar power could prove to be dangerous for freedom at the international level.

These next few decades will be critical in determining what China’s role on the international stage will be.

If U.S. policymakers are not careful, the 21st century will be Chinese, which does not bode well for human freedom.

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Merrick Garland Suggests that Getting Rid of Lawsuit Protections is Not a Second Amendment Violation

Garland as AG will be a disaster for the right to bear arms.

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If Merrick Garland is nominated as Attorney General, the Second Amendment is in big trouble.

Based on his comments at a Senate hearing on February 22, 2021, Garland made a suggestion that the repeal of lawsuit protections for gun manufacturers is not unconstitutional. 

AWR Hawkins of Breitbart News reminded his readers that President Joe Biden campaigned on a platform of repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which shielded lawful gun manufacturers from lawsuits.

In a previous Breitbart News report, Biden spoke at an MSNBC forum in 2019 alongside gun control organizations such as March for Our Lives where he expressed his support for gun manufacturers to be subject to lawsuits.

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At the speech, Biden suggested that the PLCC be repealed. He declared, “No other outfit in history has gotten this kind of protection” and asserted that the legal actions would bring about “change overnight.”

In a subsequent occasion on February 7, 2020, Breitbart News covered Biden’s remarks to a New Hampshire crowd, in which he stated that it was a “mistake” to shield firearms manufacturers from lawsuits. He continued, “The first thing I’m going to do as president is work to get rid of that.” 

Later that month, Breitbart News recalled how Biden called out gun manufacturers at a South Carolina rally and boasted, “I’m going to take you down.”

According to a report by The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Senator Mike Lee asked Garland about his views on removing protections for gun manufacturers. Garland responded, “I have not thought myself deeply about this. I don’t think it raises a Second Amendment issue.”

When he was questioned if he is in favor of Biden’s plans to ban so-called “assault weapons”, Garland responded, “Where there is room under the law for the president’s policies to be pursued, then I think the president is entitled to pursue them.”

Biden’s track record as a gun control proponent is well-documented. From his support of gun-free zones at schools to the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, Biden is Gun Control Inc.’s guy. With Democrats in control of the House and the Senate, there will most certainly be attempts to ram gun control down our throats. If they can’t beat us legislatively, they will most certainly use the courts to undermine the Second Amendment. Pro-gun organizations should be ready to lawyer up and use whatever means possible to keep courts from destroying our rights.

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