Chinese Nationals Not Beaming Up, Anytime Soon

The U.S. government appears to have reached a few preliminary conclusions about what export control laws apply to the Virgin Galactic program, and likely much of the future civilian space services industry. And, not surprisingly, Chinese nationals need not apply for the $250,000 Virgin Galactic adventure … unless you’re creative enough to use immigration laws …

US Defense Tech and Know-how: What China Can’t Legally Buy, It Steals.

Maybe I’m just a little old school, but U.S. taxpayers deserve better than Made-in-China parts in America’s most technologically advanced weapon systems. But wait, there are also a few laws that prohibit U.S. defense manufacturing in places such as China — an economic competitor as well as military adversary. According to several recent news reports, …

China-Nicaragua Canal, News to Many Nicaraguans

There have been news reports floating around the web for some time now about a canal that the Chinese government allegedly wants to build in Nicaragua. The latest articles were published in the UK’s Daily Mail and the Daily Caller. Yet when I ask non-Sandinista Nicaraguan political types about it, they insist that there is …

Uncle Sam Has a Little Company On the Moon, China Lands Space Probe

China made a little history yesterday. It became the third country ever to land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon. Only the United States and the Soviets have done so. Accompanying the lunar module is a rover named Jade Rabbit. JR is reportedly loaded with experiments and going to probe a particular section of the …

Smithfield Hams, Made in Virginia (Owned by the Chinese Government)

Running out of quality bacon is a clear and present danger to the United States.  At least it should be. Barely any Virginia politician has a said word — good or bad — about the acquisition of Smithfield by Shuanghui International Holdings Limited, majority shareholder of mainland China’s largest meat processing enterprise, Henan Shuanghui Development. Yet, why …

Future Food Insecurity, the Coming China Chicken Fiasco

Last time you walked through the produce section at your local grocer, ever stop and look at the origin of the produce? Depending on the time of the year and the region of the country, you think there would be a lot of locally-grown foods. Well, it depends. There seems to be an increasing number …

China Loves Pork and they Just Paid $7 billion for a lot of Virginia Swine

The Chinese government wants a lot more pork, the edible kind, and they came to the Commonwealth of Virginia to purchase the world’s leading producer of pork products. A deal was inked this week valued at a little over $7,000,000,000 for Virginia’s Smithfield Foods from Smithfield, Virginia. The buyer is Shuanghui International Holdings Limited. According to a …