Dealing With China in the Coming Years

  • Ross Terrill Harvard University


How should we deal with China in the coming years? Do we oppose China, or can we coax it into the so-called international community?  Simply put, we should stand up for freedom. The United States represents a beacon of hope to a new generation of Chinese who live in a Leninist regime supervising a semi-capitalist society—an arrangement that so far has never lasted for a sustained period. If we are going to deal with China properly in the coming years, we have to confront this contradiction.

Author Biography

Ross Terrill, Harvard University
Ross Terrill was born in Australia has a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He has taught at several colleges and universities and since 1970 has been research associate at the Fairbank Center of East Asian Research at Harvard University.The following is adapted from remarks delivered on February 13, 2007, at a Hillsdale college National Leadership Seminar in Fort Myers, Florida, on the topic, “National Security: Short -and –Long Tern Assessment.” “Reprinted by permission from Imprimis, a publication of Hillsdale College” and Hillsdale College.