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PacNet #26 – China: Engage or Confront?

The Clinton Administration’s much touted "strategic partnership" between the United States and China appears to a growing number of thoughtful Americans to have been hopelessly naïve from the outset. Are they right? Have recent events and revelations proven the critics of "engagement" to have been correct all along? In the wake of the tenth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, is it not now time to acknowledge that the United States and China are historically destined to be competitors if not adversaries? Rather than renewing China’s MFN status, should we not be shifting to a policy of containing China?