Fisking Christine O'Donnell's China Statements

The Washington Post's "Checkpoint Washington" takes a closer look at her ominous "I know stuff about China that you don't" statements. Money:
Without touching on the issue of China's secret plans to seize control of the United States, let's look at O'Donnell's allegations. China does force women to have abortions, but it's significantly less commonplace than it was decades ago. China still technically has a one-child policy but official Chinese statistics show that there are 300 million children in China below the age of 14 and 60 million kids from single-child families.

That means 80 percent of China's children live in families with two or more children. In the countryside, most places allow families to have two children if the first child is a girl. This has had the unintended consequence of skewing China's gender balance - 137 boys to 100 girls in some provinces - because families use ultrasound to determine the sex of the child and then abort it if it's a girl.

As to O'Donnell's claim that you can't read the Bible in China, not so. You can get a Bible in Chinese in every city in China. Thousands are printed every year at a printing press in Nanjing.

The issue with religion in China is that you are only allowed to take part in organized religion approved by the state. So "house churches" are banned - although they continue to flourish underneath the radar.

That said, China is in the midst of an explosion of Christianity, mostly of the evangelical Protestant variety. Estimates put the numbers of Protestants in China at more than 60 million -- this in a country where there are 70 million members of the Chinese Communist Party.


Finally, there's O'Donnell's call on Americans to look to history to understand that "if they pretend to be our friend it's because they've got something up their sleeve."

It'd be good to remember that thousands of Chinese troops fought and died during World War II when the United States was China's ally against Japan. Communist China was involved in a de facto alliance with the United States that helped bring down the former Soviet Union in the 1970s and 80s.

Yes, the United States fought a war with China over Korea and the U.S. military is paying a lot of attention to Beijing's military build-up, but so far no one else has revealed any secret plans to dominate the United States.
But, without the fear of Red China, voters might go and cast a ballot for a candidate other than a Republican! *GASP*