The China Summit: How Bad Is China?

Beijing deserves much of the bad rap it gets, but U.S. politics have amplified the confusion over how to deal with a changing nation

How Bill Clinton must pine for the days when America had an enemy clearly identified and a cause righteous beyond doubt. Foreign policy then was so fundamental a case of us-against-them that "bipartisan consensus" actually worked. When survival was at stake, national interests, not special interests, had a fair chance to prevail.

Well, forget that when China, not the Soviet Union, is the other big boy on the planet. The U.S. has always had trouble figuring out what cubbyhole to stick the world's most populous communist nation into: a geostrategic card to play? Someone we can do business with? The next...

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