The Political Interest: The Courage to Change

The Courage to Change

Retreat, some call it. Surrender, capitulation, appeasement. These are just a few of the damning words used by those who oppose Bill Clinton's decision to extend China's trading status as a most favored nation. The others aren't publishable -- but all of them are wrong. The words that better describe the President's action are realistic and courageous. The question, as Clinton said last Thursday, is not whether the U.S. should pressure Beijing to improve its abysmal human-rights record. The question is how best to do it while ensuring that America gets a piece of the action in the world's fastest-growing economy....

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