Shattering the China Dream – Rebecca MacKinnon

From the Washington Post (link):

With Chinese President Hu Jintao in the United States this week, Americans have an opportunity to assess his regime. What is this country to think? On the one hand his government has raised the living standards of millions of its citizens with economic reform and international trade. On the other hand his underlings trample shamelessly on his people’s basic human rights.

The careers of some politicians in both countries — not to mention military budgets — would no doubt benefit if our two nations became enemies. As an American who lived and worked in China for more than a decade, however, I continue to believe that peaceful engagement between the United States and China is in the best interest of both nations’ people.

But we have a serious problem that won’t go away: How can Americans respect or trust a regime that kidnaps our friends?

Read also a blog by Hao Wu’s sister (link) chronicling her life since his disappearance (The blog has been translated into English here.)

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