China: How Do You Handle A Waking Dragon?

In recent months, China has stridently reasserted its claim to the entire South China Sea, sold sensitive missile technology to Pakistan and Iran, arrested U.S. human-rights activist Harry Wu, and fired six missiles into waters north of Taiwan. Yet when U.S. Secretary of State Warren M. Christopher and officials of 18 Pacific Rim nations met in late July to discuss security concerns, there were few unkind words for Beijing. Indeed, in speech after speech at the opulent hilltop estate of Brunei's Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, foreign ministers took turns lauding Beijing's statesmanship.

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