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The US is putting limits on visas for Chinese students

It's the latest move in the 'trade war' between the two countries

Remember that time when we were reporting all about the potential looming 'trade war' between China and the US? Yeah, that's back.

What it means: For a while, the US and China were throwing 'oh yeah-well-listen-to-this' style threats back and forth about placing limitations and barriers on trade with each other. Trump threatened to put taxes on Chinese goods sold in America so that less people would buy them. China came back with the same threat, the other way round. Eventually they both kind of left it.

Now it's back. A briefing from the White House says Trump wants to limit the amount and length of visas to Chinese citizens working and studying in areas like aviation, robots, or high-tech manufacturing... basically things China wants to get good at, and Trump doesn't want to give them any tips in.

He says it's about protecting 'intellectual property', which is just a way of saying America's 'know-how' of how to produce good tech. Intellectual property is an extremely valuable asset - if China cracked the US' code on how it produces electronic goods, they could go back to China and make all the same ones for less

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  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

    Of course there is nothing wrong with any of this. It’s when you elaborately gain disproportionate power in any society where you would stand out, you must take care when attempting to make a society better (Civil Rights movement) and rewriting that society all together (mass immigration). Ask blacks in China, Mexico, Philippines or India how much opportunity they have? Go to businesses owned by their American diaspora and see how many blacks they hire. Go to Silicon Valley and see how many East or South Asian tech workers wish they could work with more black people. California might work as a state, but as a nation, I think your rolling the nuclear dice here. I hope we can succeed as a tolerant pluralistic superpower but at this stage in human societal development, it’s a pipe dream.

    And if Jews really are the icon for success, they would see that fundamental human successes happen over generations. Just look at the rest of the planet? Are we ready?