11/16/2004

CHow the Chinese really feel, Why wasn't this told before the election

Common Ground Common Sense: "A small window onto the tension beneath the smiles opened up just before the U.S. election. A few days before the vote, the English-language China Daily published an unusually frank critique of the U.S. role in the world, penned by China's elder statesman, Qian Qichen.

Qian portrayed the United States as an empire off course, eager to use force, overstretched, arrogant and headed for demise.

The United States, he wrote, is using its anti-terror campaign to tighten control over the Middle East, Central Asia, Southeast and Northeast Asia. These moves ``have made it obvious that the United States has not changed its Cold War mentality and that the country is still accustomed to applying military means to deal with various threats, visible or invisible

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/columnists/daniel_sneider/10185351.htm?1c

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