Professor Friedberg thinks we have been wrong about China. Is that in fact true? Most of us, informed and uninformed people, know China is ambitious, is disingenuous, sends us products that are inferior or in the case of children’s toys actually poisonous, genocidal towards Central Asian Muslims, untrustworthy in the case of Hong Kong and Taiwan, and an adversary we tried but failed to restrain during the Korean War. I do not know whether MacArthur or Truman was more to blame for our inability to drive the Chinese out of North Korea altogether.
In Response to: Three Books: Professor Aaron Friedberg on Understanding China