Should the U.S. stop trading with China until human rights issues are resolved? Why?

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I think that it is a powerfully essential question.  The reality might be that the way the United States is indebted from an economic standpoint to China, the ability to be able to even choose which path to take might be moot at this point.  I do believe that while there is an economic consideration to be taken into account, America loses some credibility around the world and in its own backyard when it does not speak out against the Chinese government and their approach to human rights.  It seems that a tremendous loss of moral and political prestige happens when America criticizes other nations for its lax position of human rights, but says nothing to China, instead showing cup in hand.  I am not sure an immediate repudiation of China is the answer, either, as that would spell disaster for where we are.  Yet, I do believe that there needs to be something said in the face of material reality because so much of American foreign policy is contingent on holding some type of moral or political stature that clearly argues that violation of human rights is not something that we, as a nation, tolerate or accept in the international community.

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I say we need to keep trading with China.  I will give a few reasons:

  1. We need China in order to give us the cheapest possible goods.  Otherwise, all of us would be paying more money for the same things.
  2. We already trade with lots of other countries that have bad human rights records.  Saudi Arabia is a huge source of oil.  They don't let women drive.
  3. It does not seem right for us to tell them how to run their country.  If we boycott them because of Tibet, should people boycott us because we have the death penalty?  Or because of the Arizona immigration law?

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