America Abroad: How Not to Break China

How Not to Break China

Once again, those would-be statesmen on Capitol Hill are trying to micromanage American foreign policy and legislate morality in another country -- something Congress does often and badly. Over the next several weeks, the Senate will almost certainly pass a bill that would punish China for its internal tyranny and irresponsible international behavior by restricting its trade with the U.S.

The leaders of the People's Republic richly deserve sanctions. The people themselves, however, don't. Ever since the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989, Congress has been looking for ways to beat up on Deng Xiaoping, 87, and his hard-line protege, Premier Li...

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