Sunday, January 15, 2012

Memo to Mitt

China is heir to a long, proud, distinguished civilization.  Its people have long memories.  If you try to muscle China with punitive sanctions over their currency’s exchange rate, they will respond in kind, perhaps switching orders from Boeing to Airbus.

China’s economy is trending upward at a rapid rate.  The U.S. economy grows slowly.  As the economic, political, and military power lines cross in the years to come, China will increasingly flex its muscles.

If you are elected president, I hope you will listen to a range of China experts, not just those who reinforce your beliefs.  Jon Huntsman would be a good place to start.  Thousands of Americans have worked, and live, in China.  Find a way to get their views before taking precipitous action.  Above all, beware of Russian and Middle East experts advising you on how to conduct relations with China.

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