In reference to your June 5 Viewpoint, "China trade deal is good for all parties," as an American who was born in Cuba, I´m not surprised but still sickened by the carpet-bagger attitude of many U.S. companies that are dying to go into a totalitarian-ruled country like China and Cuba and set up shop with lower-than-slave-wages to be paid to its citizens.
Doing business in these countries will not bring democracy, or have a trickle-down effect to the populace. It will only enrich the few in the cupola of government at these dictatorships, and of course, will allow the unscrupulous U.S. companies to do business there and pay slave wages, and with these profits, strengthen the dictatorship even more.
Does it matter to Plastics News, and these companies, that thousands of people have been killed, murdered, tortured for simply praying or speaking up and asking for democracy? That a country like Cuba — which, by the way, was condemned by this same country as a place with no human rights — murdered women and children recently who were trying to escape to look for freedom? Or even that a plane with American citizens was shot down in international waters and all passengers killed? I guess not; it´s just business as usual.
If business is to be done in these countries, then demands for democracy must be imposed before any business is done.
It´s a sad view of your viewpoint, Plastics News!
Mi-Ami Sales International