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NYT: How to Stay Friends With China

Author: Zbigniew Brzezinski, Counselor and Trustee, Center for Strategic and International Studies
January 2, 2011

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Writing in The New York Times, Zbigniew Brzezinski cautions against a a drift into escalating reciprocal demonization on the verge of Hu Jin Tao's upcoming visit to the United States.

THE visit by President Hu Jintao of China to Washington this month will be the most important top-level United States-Chinese encounter since Deng Xiaoping’s historic trip more than 30 years ago. It should therefore yield more than the usual boilerplate professions of mutual esteem. It should aim for a definition of the relationship between the two countries that does justice to the global promise of constructive cooperation between them.

I remember Deng’s visit well, as I was national security adviser at the time. It took place in an era of Soviet expansionism, and crystallized United States-Chinese efforts to oppose it. It also marked the beginning of China’s three-decades-long economic transformation — one facilitated by its new diplomatic ties to the United States.

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