Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

China's Princelings Seek U.S. Trade

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

China's Princelings Seek U.S. Trade

Article excerpt

The 4,000 "tai zi dang" - "princelings," the corrupt capitalist offspring of China's aging Communist rulers - were gratified last February when one of their notorious members bought his way into a "coffee" chat with the president of the United States.

Wang Jun's triumph, arranged by the Democratic National Committee through a Clinton friend, Charles Yah Lin Trie, was made possible by a lapse of security among money-hungry Clintonites, who soon received $690,000 from the princeling's sponsors.

The FBI suspects Wang, son of a Long March hero, of trying to run 2,000 AK-47 automatic weapons into the hands of street gangs in the United States; Wang is known to be a middleman in purchases by the Chinese army of missiles from Russia. That this rich thug was able to buy a handshake with the U.S. president and could then use that demonstration of access in impressing other princelings, is symbolic of the new attitude toward the United States of a dangerous new class in China. One part of that attitude is a contempt for U.S. greed; the princelings are convinced our politicians and business leaders will do anything, or put up with anything the Chinese do, for a buck. The other part is rooted in a need for self-protection from ordinary Chinese not born to power, which the princelings handle by transferring that resentment to America as the people's enemy. These fixerpreneurs are the Chinese wave of the future. They are coming into power in the army, in the Forbidden City, in the state-subsidized industries, in the favored banks taking over Hong Kong's prizes. They need an international enemy - an imagined threat of a superpower seeking the dreaded "hegemony" - and we are it. At the same time, because they need our market, our capital and our trade secrets for their speeded-up development, princelings are working on two tracks. Internally, America is depicted as the horrible hegemonist, seducer of Taiwan, container of offshore expansion and subverter of order with our prattle about human rights. Externally, America is to be wooed with mutual visitations of leaders, all culminating this summer in a summit meeting welcoming a newly reasonable China into the World Trade Organization. …

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