The Atlantic has a very well done article by James Fallows on just how much things have become more difficult for both us, and the people of China, as its leadership engages in a retrenchment of old hard line attitudes. This is a must read for anyone wanting to understand just how complicated, but necessary, is a carefully controlled response to that complexity. Something that does not give in to the easy, knee jerk response of bellicose denouncement, or fearful counter escalation, while still making it quietly clear that there is only so much we can tolerate in things being out of balance.
One can only hope that cooler heads in the now forming cabinet of our new president will listen to the message of a nuanced response to China precisely because we really do need each other if this world, as well as our nation, is going to respond to the many challenges facing it. Time will tell I guess.
The country has become repressive in a way that it has not been since the Cultural Revolution. What does its darkening political climate—and growing belligerence—mean for the United States?