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Don't Break the Engagement

Author: Elizabeth C. Economy, C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies
May/June 2004
Foreign Affairs


This election year may tempt both critics of the Bush administration and hard-liners within it to attack U.S. policy on China. That would be a mistake, however, for engaging Beijing has worked well. Economic growth in China has spurred political liberalization, legal reform, opening of the media, and popular activism. The Bush administration -- and those who aspire to replace it -- should not let electoral tactics jeopardize sound policy. With respect to China, that means staying the course.

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