Commentary: Crafting A Realistic China Policy

The only thing clear about President Bill Clinton's policy toward China is that it is not working. Clinton calls his strategy "comprehensive engagement." The idea is to talk to China on many fronts so that no single problem dominates. But this piecemeal approach has been easy for the Chinese to shrug off. Whatever the issue, from software piracy to gunboat diplomacy in the Taiwan Strait, the U.S. is not having much luck at influencing Chinese behavior.

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