For years…decades, actually, I’ve done my best to avoid “Made in China”. I’ve never liked how the filthy Chinese Communist Party/People’s Republic of China treats its people. The CCP/PRC is despicable.
The PRC’s cover-up and subsequent actions on SARS CoV 2 (aka Wuhan Virus, Chinese Virus, COVID-19…etc. etc.) along with ‘disappearing’ the doctors who alerted the world and effectively creating the pandemic speak volumes. The type of behavior from them covering up to “save face” while reeking havoc on neighbors and the world (including SARS Part I) is a well established pattern of communism and socialism killing people.
So why buy products helping prop up and enrich elites in a regime that spits on its own people and the world, in general (along with pointing nukes at us)? Don’t.
In my years of strictly avoiding Made in China products, I’ve rarely not found a product made in an alternate country has a far better human rights record than the PRC. Better yet, there is still a fair amount of stuff Made in the USA. Yeah, it did cost a bit more sometimes but I found that products were better quality and lasted longer. I paid a bit more up front but ended up saving money in the long run (stuff lasts and doesn’t need to be replaced). I also saved by forgoing spending of ‘cheap’ Chinese virtual-slave labor junk I didn’t need in the first place.
Now is particularly a perfect time to change how you buy. Prioritize buying (and demanding) products from countries who actually try to respect human rights and basic sanitary and environmental* conditions. Ideally, look for “Made in USA” and small business (e.g. buy local, from small business sites or from US sellers on EBay) as it will have the greatest impact on the economy during this very difficult time.
If you’re fortunate enough to have steady/secure work, please make an effort to be choosy on where your money goes and try to keep it here in the US. Ultimately, you’re helping your neighbors.
One last thought: Don’t think I’m letting the globalists of the hook. They’re focus and rationalizations on exploiting cheap labor has certainly played a role in where we’re at. They’ll howl if people demand more domestic (or reputable country) goods that will cut in the profit margins represented by their underpaid labor and environmental/labor law avoidance. Make them howl.
PS: Yes, Taiwan is it’s own country, is miles ahead of the rotten PRC and should be recognized as such. Xi Jinping and the CCP central committee can stuff it.
*Besides a crappy pollution record, the PRC is a big consumer of illegal wildlife trade. Plenty of threatened/endangered species find themselves in soups, plates, and snake-oil “medicines”.
UPDATE: Here’s an Australian reporter’s take after getting a warning letter from the PRC Consulate General demanding he tow the PRC propaganda line (which many US media outlets have done): Via Local Commie Underlings, Beijing Officially Disapproves (h/t Instapundit). Remind me why the PRC still has permanent normal trade relations/most favored nation trading status?…