International -- Readers Report
CHINA-BASHING WON'T GET THE U.S. ANYWHERE (int'l edition)
Professor Dornbusch's commentary "Why America should get off China's back" (Economic Viewpoint, Sept. 30) takes a sensible and levelheaded approach--a quality that has been conspicuously missing in the way the U.S. has been manhandling its relationship with China.
Bashing China has become so in vogue that a cottage industry has been created around the likes of Harry Wu--an individual idolized by the Western media, yet regularly blasted as totally unreliable by the Chinese-language press in America.
Americans of Chinese ancestry, unlike the bulk of the American public, understand that today's China is different from the repressive China of the '60s and early '70s that Wu likes to talk about. China has moved away from the atrocious scenes of Tiananmen Square in 1989, the scenes that politicians find it to their advantage to invoke. It's time the U.S. worked with reality, as Dornbusch suggests.
George P. Koo
International Strategic Alliances
Mountain View, Calif.Return to top
AN ELECTRIC CAR THAT CAN GO THE DISTANCE (int'l edition)
There is a good chance that the first fuel-cell-driven electric cars will be available by 2003 ("The soul of a new horseless carriage" Books, Sept. 23). Electric cars with fuel cells, miniature on-board power stations, do not have the same recharging, range, and durability problems as batteries. And fuel-cell cars can be manufactured at costs competitive with those of cars powered by internal combustion engines.
Fuel calls powered by hydrogen are truly zero emission. However, even fuel cells powered by methanol may qualify, because the emissions are minuscule compared to those produced by power stations used to charge batteries.
World Fuel Cell Council
Frankfurt, Germany.Return to top