Beijing's Best Friend

China has not mended its ways, but Bush wants to keep trade links open

Exactly three years after army tanks crushed the pro-democracy movement in Beijing, George Bush notified Congress that he is again granting China most- favored-nation status, which provides the lowest possible tariff rates. The measure also helps China to a $12.7 billion surplus in trade with the U.S. "It is wrong to isolate China," Bush argued, "if we hope to influence China."

Even Bush did not pretend his policy of engagement with Beijing's communist autocrats had influenced them much. His statement found improvements in China's treatment of dissidents "insufficient" and said its policies overall leave the U.S. "deeply disappointed." As if to...

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