I'm not a big fan of the Chinese government or Chinese daily life. The individual Chinese people, I'd have to judge them as I met them, but that one country is responsible for 40% of the plastic waste in the oceans. They don't seem to give a crap about their garbage. They chuck it anywhere.
I remember back in the 80s they realized that there was something called the Baiji, a white river dolphin, that lived in China, and it was dying out because all of the rivers were clogging up with garbage. So the Chinese government tried to promote the Baiji, tried to get people to save it.
Didn't work. The people didn't care, they kept right on throwing all of their garbage in the river. The Baiji died out. Not like the Panda. Oh, gee whiz the Chinese people sure do take care of their pandas. Probably because they can be raised in zoos and the Chinese don't have to actually practice any ecology whatsoever to preserve that species of bear. So the Chinese people's care of the panda is not any realistic indication of how they consider nature.
Also the Chinese people... Oh right, I mentioned this before. They are destroying the African megafauna. Also the poor pangolin. Because these idiots in China think that if you grind up a pangolin's scales then they cure asthma. Not to mention they think that if they eat a powdered rhino horn they will get boners. They don't give one single shit about this planet and their increased wealth means that they're destroying more of it.
So I can't say that I'm troubled to learn our president raised their tariffs yet again. The Chinese had agreed to a trade deal, and the deal involved changing their laws, e.g. stop ripping off American companies. Like, literally, if an American company makes a car, the Chinese laws say that if someone in China swipes the design and makes the car blue, and the blue color is the only difference, it's legal.
So when it came down to abiding by the deal they had just made with the US, the Chinese said "We cannot put this trade agreement we just made into writing. However, we expect for America to trust us when it comes to implementing the details of the agreement."
I'm not upset at all that those guys had their tariffs raised. 25% of their stupid GDP comes from construction and building giant apartments that no one lives in. Not to mention the pangolins.
Anyway in this week we learn more about what, exactly, the power of the whistle was that the third daughter had. Please enjoy! See you next week!