I do not voluntarily deal with those who live in Communist, totalitarian, countries. I refuse to buy a product of a Chinese company. I won’t buy a Volvo car (Volvo is owned by Chinese company Geely). I would not buy a Chinese-branded phone (Xiaomi or Oppo). I currently have a long-term-care insurance policy from Genworth. There is a Chinese company trying to buy them, and if they succeed, I will seriously consider dropping my policy that I have paid into for nearly 20 years. I will never visit China, for any reason, no matter how beautiful it might be. I am well aware of the total social control emerging in China, with facial-recognition systems deployed everywhere. China denies its people access to the world-wide Internet; maintaining its Great Firewall of China. And no matter how strenuously the managers at Huawei deny that they would never use their Internet-backbone products to spy on another country, I know that to be a lie. Any company in China is required to allow the Communist Party access to its products.
I don’t deal with countries who kidnap their people abroad and take them back to China to prison. I don’t deal with countries who arrest booksellers. I don’t deal with countries who murder their own people for speaking their minds. No matter how economically prosperous China might seem, it is still a Communist country, with a state-planned economy. China should never have been admitted to the World Trade Organization, and I advocate their immediate expulsion. China has a world-domination agenda, and I believe they should be strenuously combated everywhere.
I only joined LinkedIn in the first place because I was constantly being hounded by out-of-work friends (even though my own company was not hiring). And, funny thing, I get requests regularly from people all over the world wanting to “join my network”. It’s nice to be thought of as having a valuable network, but I pay little attention to LinkedIn. And I wish they had a “Refuse” button to go along with the “Accept” button. But there is none, and I simply delete requests by those who I have no interest in knowing. That includes every request from anyone in China.