This week’s other Super Bowl

By Curtis Ellis

Billions will be watching two contests in which rival teams vie to be world champions. Both contests involve Astroturf.

In one, the New England Patriots face off against the Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta. The game will be fought on synthetic turf, aka Astroturf. The outcome determines who will own this year’s Super Bowl ring.

In the other, U.S. Trade Representative Bob Lighthizer and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He lead teams in Washington to define the rules of international trade and stop China’s predatory practices.

It will be fought over synthetic turf. Its outcome determines who will own the future – America and Western civilization or China and its Communist corporatism.

Astroturf provides an example of how China plays the game – by stealing trade secrets, state-subsidizing its industries and dumping products on the world market to drive American companies into bankruptcy in a bid to achieve global supremacy.

Chinese synthetic-turf manufacturers receive direct subsidies from the Chinese government. They are selling their products in the U.S. for below costs.

They are deliberately mislabeling their products. Violations include misclassification of merchandise, health and safety issues and intellectual property theft.

Chinese companies avoid tariffs by falsifying shipping documents and sending containers through third countries (called transshipping) to hide the true country of origin, then repacking and shipping the product to the U.S.

Illegally subsidized Chinese turf manufacturers continue to gain U.S. market share with the goal of bankrupting the few remaining American manufacturers.

And China is using these same tactics in industry after industry.

To cite a few of the thousands of cases, China seeks to eliminate America’s ability to produce the steel needed for pipelines, the plywood and drywall for housing construction and the ingredients used in basic medicines.

History shows how China’s campaign of economic warfare moves it closer toward its goal of global hegemony.

In the drive to subjugate and colonize India, the British Crown set out to destroy the subcontinent’s rich and thriving textile industry, once the producer of the world’s finest silk and cotton goods.

Imported low-cost British cloth flooded India, bankrupting native producers. (The British ran the same play in the American colonies, pricing its tea to undersell the colonial merchants. New England patriots responded with the Boston Tea Party. Gandhi’s independence movement had its own version of the tea party – the bonfire of British textiles.)

Hundreds of thousands of India’s spinners and weavers were jobless. Villages across India sank into poverty, and over time India lost the know-how to weave cloth.

Now dependent on Britain for basic necessities and bereft of higher value-added work, India’s people were reduced to selling rice, sugar and raw cotton to earn money to buy from Britain the cloth they once made themselves.

Britain called their system free trade. India – and Abe Lincoln – knew it as colonialism.

China has now borrowed the British playbook.

China targets America’s basic industries for extinction, from steel and aluminum to clothing and textiles, as well as our high-tech industries, from aerospace and microelectronics to biotech and materials science.

If left unchecked, China’s systematic dumping, property theft and economic coercion will work as efficiently as any aerial bombing campaign to wipe out our industries. Like India in a previous time, we will even lose the know-how to run competitive enterprises.

The Beijing Communists’ plan to subjugate America plays out with the U.S. being dependent on China for manufactured goods and advanced technology. We will sell food, energy and natural resources to the Middle Kingdom’s “workshop to the world.”

That’s the proper context for understanding Chinese Vice Premier Liu He’s offer to purchase more American soybeans and natural gas.

Something to keep in mind as the Super Bowl plays out on synthetic turf this Sunday.

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