Just like any other people in the world, the Chinese desire democracy and prosperity ("The Chinese need capital--and condemnation," Asian Business, Apr. 17). These goals, however, cannot be achieved overnight. The process will undoubtedly be long, strenuous, and circuitous, and sometimes there will be setbacks. Despite the ups and downs endured by China over the past 20 years of reform, we have made steady and sustainable progress.

China is now in a critical period. Those people who expect to help China or her fellow workers should be realistic and positive. Although China and its government are open to critics, it is unjustifiable and unfair to exaggerate negative respects and neglect affirmative ones. Otherwise, their actions will ultimately hurt rather than help China and her people.

Zhao Yan

Beijing

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