The Perils Of China Policy

Your Cover Story "Rethinking China" (Mar. 4) claims China is an unruly giant. Yet you fail to point out that it's the lawmakers in Washington and the Clinton Administration's lack of a consistent China policy that is at the core of the troubles between Washington and Beijing. A sound China policy was brilliantly outlined by former President Richard Nixon, who once pointed out that Beijing's trade policies, world outlook concerning its national security, and military buildup were a clear signal to the Clinton Administration that Beijing wants to be recognized as a power of the world in its own right, and rightfully so. China is no longer on a colonial footing, as in the past, toward the Western powers. Many Chinese people, including myself, an American-educated businessman, believe that Washington intends to limit China to a role of a developing nation whose development must be checked by Washington and its world order.

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