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Exports From Asia We Could Do Without in America

Brett Davis

Posted on May 8, 2020 08:06

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Thanks but no thanks for coronavirus from China, murder hornets from Japan and the usual inscrutability from North Korea.

That the United States depends heavily on China for providing low-cost goods – at least for now – is not a mystery. After all, the "Made in China" label or tag on any given product in America is ubiquitous. Right now, of course, the Chinese export to America nobody wanted but everyone is talking about is COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus.

In what must be one of the most spectacular incidents of a plan backfiring in the history of plans backfiring, it appears the Chinese government – in an attempt to demonstrate its efforts to identify and combat viruses are equal to or greater than the capabilities of the U.S. – accidentally let loose coronavirus from a Wuhan laboratory due to sloppy safety protocols for studying coronaviruses in animals.

Since then, the government of the would-be Sino superpower has contributed further to its reputation as a new kind of "sick man of Asia" by lying and obfuscating about the origin and nature of the virus, disappearing doctors and journalists speaking out about the on-the-ground reality of the pandemic, blaming the U.S. military for the virus, clamping down on coronavirus research and fibbing about the number of COVID-19 deaths in China.

Meanwhile, Washington state (where this writer lives) – the original epicenter of coronavirus in America – is now seemingly the first in the nation to see the arrival of the Asian giant hornet from Japan.

The world’s largest such insect at more than two inches in length, the Asian giant hornet appears to be the size of a Volkswagen Beetle when flying directly at you. With its huge mandibles for decapitating other insects and a toxic venom delivered from large stingers, the insects are responsible for some 30 to 50 human deaths per year in Japan. The American media has helpfully dubbed them "murder hornets" to punch up the scare quotient.

Others worry the new insect on the block will displace U.S. worker bees. Thankfully, such worries seem unfounded given past concerns about killer bees from Mexico coming to this country and taking jobs away from American bees never materialized.

Finally, there’s the typical nonsense coming out of North Korea, this time in the form of Schrodinger’s Kim Jong Un. For a while there he was simultaneously dead, alive, or in a vegetative state, according to various media reports.

The Hermit Kingdom’s supreme leader has since shown up alive and well at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at – and this is appropriate for a regime so full of crap – a fertilizer plant on the outskirts of Pyongyang. Naturally, some are speculating Kim has been replaced by a body double, which seems like a more solid plan than the "Weekend at Bernie’s"-like effort a lot of people suspect the North Korean government would attempt in trying to convince the world a dead Kim is still metabolically active.

Anyway, America has enough problems. We don't need to import more problems from Asia. 

Brett Davis

Posted on May 8, 2020 08:06

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