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

Managing Director

International Strategic Alliances

Mountain View, Calif.

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