My thoughts on this article:
So how much did they pay you.
"secrecy that cloaks activities at the top of the Communist party."
The US leaders have been always open to media. Even Reagan after he was shot was on the news media in days in the hospital. Either you where paid for this article or a horrible analogical person. They may have hidden personal matters. Like their sexual desires, personal pains. But our leaders are always in the media unless stated to be on vacation for personal time.
"China’s poor record on intellectual property rights."
The US has never stolen IP or created laws like the Innovation laws that forced IP seizure. Poor is to say the least. With the advent of the internet we have never seen as much IP stealing or bullying laws created over IP in this world.
"was good then is bad when China does it today."
Ok so your point here is that during the early 1900's. When this country was still young. We did it so. Today in the world of the 20 century its ok for the Communist Chinese to do it. Well guess what during that time they where doing that too. They did not even have laws of individual ownership. They still barley have individual laws of ownership. I do not understand how a hypocrisy of historical events counts. That is like saying hey well you know the sword back in the day is what we have and the nuclear missile is what they have. No Communist China is completely at level with every country. They are doing it like the German Nazi's or Soviets did.
Then you analogize a completely separate matter of Iranian oil to Communist Chinese state oil. The Iranian war was a normal cou. The Communist Chinese genocide whole tribes and whole areas of folks constantly. With regards to the actually state they are working in allowing them to do that.
You are a very bad researcher "much less closely with those of its state." They are all State Owned Enterprises directed by the single party state of the Communist Chinese.
"it is actually a rather large developing country that confronts the rest of the world from a position of relative weakness"
Communist China is not considered under the laws of WTO or NATO to as a developing country. As it has cities that are more developed and produce more and consume more than all western countries. They also have more develoepd cities that the majority of western (or lets say so called developed nations). While Communist China has taken the lead on all high tech goods and research. So what do you mean developing. If they are developing and they are surpassing the world in everything. Then the world is developed??
"t actually makes no difference, because oil is a fungible commodity and one extra barrel pumped by China means one more barrel available for everyone else. " This is not true the State Owned Enterprises that are oiling control their own costs. So they do things like Buy oil from Venezuelan government statized for $5 a barrel. Then re sell it to African Communist regimes for $20 a barrel. While taken the overhead oil they get from African literal no do your research. Communist China has African slaves that do not get paid nor or educating themselves. Barrels to countries like Iran for way below the going free market rate.
I do not think you know anything about Communist China. I think you are trying to show you are on unbiased reporter. As probable some MSS agent got to you in your mind and made it think like you where. Did you hear about the Case of the person named Rider I having the MSS threaten and try and kill him six times. Or the case in Canada where the MSS literally called them and threatened his family for reporting daily against them. If this happens to you call your DOD they will kill them. I have returned 6 dead MSS agents for trying to kill me. Dont masque your freedom of speech and research because of fear.
NSA 30th cousin tap this man. the MSS will contact him for more propoganda. Then we track and turn any power plays.