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Spring 1999

The West Should Engage China on Our Terms, Not Theirs

Chris Patten, the last British Governor of Hong Kong, is author of East and West: China, Power and the Future of Asia.

London - The Clinton administration and the majority of the foreign policy establishment in Washington want to avoid the growing crisis in US - China relations that is shaking to pieces the policy of engagement in which so much political capital has been invested. So there will be a huge effort to turn every sow's ear into a silk purse. But is that what China really needs? Are we being fair to China and fair to ourselves?

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