We can also give in to isolationists and those who believe in closing markets and ratcheting up tariffs and hurt our own economy. As The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof recently pointed out (in a rather pessimistic piece), "Chinese goods mostly compete with products from Mexico, South Korea and other countries, and it is stealing jobs from those countries more than from America." And if there's any country we can hate more than China, it's Mexico.
We can talk about China's disgusting record on human rights. It can't be ignored. But the best cure for illiberalism is probably "wealth and economic power." How long can communist hard-liners thrive in a nation that sees its economy grow by 10 percent a year?
Let's not forget, either, that China is still a place of deep poverty, stressed infrastructure and political upheaval; it's struggling with problems that dwarf our own. We may be overrating its influence.
I'm certainly not an expert on foreign policy (using "Red Dawn" as a reference point probably gave that away), but all this hand-wringing and fear seems a tad bit premature, if not irrational.
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