Hitting China in the Pocketbook

My name is Daniel. I was an English teacher in Seoul, South Korea, and am now a writer who has
published three books including South Korea: Our Story by Daniel Nardini.
                      An American named Guthrie McLean was briefly jailed for hitting a taxi driver in 
Zhengzhou. The reason he hit the taxi driver was because the taxi driver attacked his mother over a
fare dispute. The local police had threatened to put McLean in prison for years if he did not give the
taxi driver U.S. $7,400 in “compensation.” Fortunately, American politicians from McLean’s home state
of Montana got involved and threatened to cut trade with China if McLean was not released. Then the
central Chinese government got involved and Guthrie McLean was freed to join his mother back in
Montana. It has been my experience that left to deal with the justice system in China, McLean 
would have stood no chance. But with the intervention of political officials from Montana and the threat
of trade being affected, this saved an American from spending years in a Chinese prison even though
he was defending his mother. if there is anything that hurts China more it is hitting that government in
the pocketbook. The U.S. government is now putting more sanctions on Chinese companies that
business interests and investments in the United States but who also do business with North Korea.
This is just one way to hit at North Korea in the pocketbook as well as China. Wiill it work? In the
short-run it might have little effect. However, taking more money and funding away from the Chinese
government as well as giving more money to China’s enemies like Japan, Taiwan, South
Korea and Vietnam may help in the end to slow down China’s military and economic attacks 
against its neighbors.