Is it not ironic that California Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, is accusing Senate Democrat Barbara Boxer of being “soft on China,” when the fact is that Fiorina exported jobs to China in order to raise corporate profits? The EU also uses China to keep wages low and to cry out that businesses need subsidies–to maintain welfare capitalism. Of course trade unions from the AFL-CIO to more progressive European trade unions have been fallen into the trap of joining the global anti-China campaign along with journalists and academics, instead of focusing on how that campaign is used to strengthen finance capital. Politicians too are exploiting the popular anti-China sentiment. Just a few weeks before US mid-term elections, the NY Times is reporting that 19 Democrat and 10 Republican candidates are running anti-China ads, knowing that at least 40% of the American people according to a recent poll believe China is the world’s leading economic power. The systematic manipulation of public opinion in the West to distract public opinion from focusing on what has gone wrong with the market economy and how to best fix it for the benefit of all people will continue and intensify because the G-7 are in decline and their political elites need to squeeze everything they can out of the middle class and workers to strengthen finance capital. However, such efforts will not weaken China, which next year will surpass the US and Japan in new patent applications, indicative that its production and export-oriented strategy is likely to continue and not replaced by a consumerist orientation that the G-7 demand of China. The global anti-China campaign serves many agendas some that do in fact have to do with China’s unfair trade and monetary policies, most designed as pretext to the current weakness, which could become a permanent decline, of the West.