kirtu wrote:We should indeed boycott China's exports
Why? are there extensive examples around the world and in world history that shows boycotts work?
Yes although it depends on what you mean by "extensive" and "works": India 1920's-1945, Myanmar 1988-present (depending of course), the loss of slave labor to the North 1850's-1865 (US Civil War), the boycott of South Africa starting in the 1980's (really starting earlier).
Change, real change, usually comes from the inside.
That's true but boycotts have aided policy makers in their decisions to compromise with the opposition usually after many years.
you are correct that boycotts have difficulty producing an effect and Japan, even after a 20 yr economic Depression, is rich. "Save the Whales" unfortunately did not work in the 70's-90's but it helped add ecological consciousness to the culture.
I guess the question is, do we boycott to change someone else, or boycott to be internally consistent with our own personal views of what is right? (I know I'm not phrasing the last part very well)
We boycott to effect change. It would also help if the Tibetans did their part but they are utterly divorced from the realities of world consciousness (they need to field several soccer and other spots teams so that ordinary people know they exist but they view that as completely subsidiary to the struggle for autonomy and cultural survival).
I'd be a bit more precise and say "the Chinese government".
Nope, not just. There are many nationalist Chinese who will brook no criticism of any kind even amoungst the Oversea's Chinese.
If I were to hazard a guess about what the Chinese government really cares about, or what would metaphorically have them waking up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, I'd say it's that the country will be ripped apart by a massive revolt of the have nots (not just the ethnic minorities, but the hundreds and hundreds of millions of Han Chinese) - ....
That is correct. A loss of income, coupled with a spotlight on their human rights record could give them pause. Or set the stage for a Chinese Gorbachev (of course they had one and he was "retired").