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Kelly McParland: My year of not buying things from China
Quote:Kelly McParland: My year of not buying things from China

Setting off one day with a list of 10 small household items, I returned home with precisely one. I knew it would be difficult, but ...

My New Year’s resolution for 2021 was to avoid knowingly buying anything made in China.

It had nothing to do with the Chinese people, who, like most other people just want to be able to live their lives in peace as they see best, and everything to do with the Chinese government. At the time the Beijing regime was holding the two Michaels — Kovrig and Spavor — as hostages for the return of Meng Wanzhou, a wealthy businesswoman with close connections to the communist government. It was, and is, also running re-education camps, discriminating against minorities, employing forced labour, threatening to invade Taiwan, crushing freedoms in Hong Kong, attempting to bully neighbours across the region, building a military it hopes will give it the ability to intimidate any foreign power, interfering in foreign elections and continuing its intensive and long-running campaign to steal technology and collect data it can use to disrupt democracy and established norms of behaviour among less despotic regimes.

Read more at the National Post   

My wife and I stopped purchasing products made in China five years ago. Barcodes can identify the country of origin of the manufacturing company; they do not indicate where the product is made. I couldn't care less where a product is made, but if China fits in the equation, I will not purchase the product. If more people living in the West were to follow that practice, the Chinese economy, which is currently in serious trouble, would suffer catastrophic failure. It could even cause China's breakup.
The true purpose of democracy is not to select the best leaders — a clearly debatable obligation — but to facilitate the prompt and peaceful removal of obviously bad ones. 
I tend to keep my eyes open to where and when things are sold in the US. And if it has a "Made in China" label, I think twice about getting it. I'm not an "All or Nothing" sort of person, but I think twice before I pay for something I want, or need. I will pay extra for a "Made in the USA" label, just on general principal.
All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it.
H. L. Mencken

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