"China is evil, lawless, corrupt and a threat to the world\/capitalism." That\u2019s the unstated assumption in much of what is currently written and said in the United States about the world\u2019s most populous nation \u2013 especially its cyber espionage efforts.\n\n\n\tWhat other reason could there be for China's ongoing efforts (many of them successful) to steal the plans, patents, designs and what-have-you from foreign companies? Well, one reason is that China is practicing capitalism just as America taught it to.\n\n\n\tTo be clear: The Chinese government is a repressive organization that needs to be replaced. That said, its dealings with Western businesses and governments are driven by more than that. The country is, in no small part, the result of centuries of exploitation by European, U.S. and (later) Japanese businesses and these nations\u2019 armed forces.\n\n\n\tDon\u2019t believe me?\n\n Then maybe you will believe\u00a0Marine Corps\u00a0Major Gen.\u00a0Smedley Butler, two time winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Here\u2019s what he wrote in his book,\u00a0War Is A Racket:\n\n The incursion Butler refers to is only one of many performed in the name of\u00a0tapping into the nation's markets. Between 1839 and 1860 England fought not one but two wars with China for\u00a0the right to sell opium to the Chinese. In Chinese history this time is considered the beginning of the "Century of Humiliation."\n\n\n\tIll treatment was hardly limited to the Chinese in China. The nineteenth century also saw the great Yellow Peril campaign in the United States. That came about because the Caucasian Americans who had taken over the continent from the Native Americans were convinced that these hoards of Chinese people immigrating to America were going to take over the continent from them and, therefore, were A Threat to Our Way of Life. (See also: The Chinese massacre of 1871, which took place in Los Angeles.)\n\n\n\tLike Mao or hate him (for the record, I\u2019m one of the haters) the Century of Humiliation ended when he and his supporters took over China. One of the reasons for the popularity of Mao\u2019s movement in China was that he promised to kick out all the foreign powers and businesses that were supporting his rivals.\n\n\n\tThe Chinese are a proud people and deservedly so. They built cities when most of Europe consisted of mud huts. Chinese civilization goes back thousands of years. Most Americans think 200 years is a long time. China has gone from economic afterthought to the biggest kid on the block in practically the blink of an eye. Yes, it is playing dirty. I suspect that some of those tactics, like the lack of anything resembling contract law, will come back to haunt China and its government.\n\n\n\tBut until then, please, lets stifle the outrage over China\u2019s military being involved in corporate espionage and admit the birds have come home to roost.