Clinton's U Turn Won't Mean China Gets A Free Ride

A controversial Washington rite of spring seems headed for extinction with President Clinton's expected decision to renew China's most-favored-nation (MFN) trade status. Ever since the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, human-rights advocates and their backers in Congress have tried to force the White House to use its annual review of China's access to the U.S. market as a club to make the Beijing government treat its people better. But in a political about-face, aides say Clinton will no longer link trade to human rights, a change that puts U.S.-Chinese relations on a more stable footing.

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