- The Washington Times - Monday, April 20, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Regarding the Op-Ed “Obama’s China card” (Opinion, April 8), John C. Wohlstetter’s sinful offer to China of a poisoned diplomatic apple would serve only to heighten geostrategic tensions. Why aggravate China, our banker and most influential ally in negotiating with North Korea, when it may be the country most likely to buy into President Obama’s smart-power, win-win strategy of finding peaceful and mutually advantageous solutions to global problems?

Immense U.S. profits already accrued from China’s membership in the World Trade Organization will only grow further as China continues to rise - that is, if unresolved energy shortages, climate change, nuclear proliferation, war, terrorism, trade wars, worldwide crime and disease do not make future international trade moot. Increased enmity between the United States and China might even lead to war, which would be a catastrophe.

Let’s retire our lingering sentimental attachments to obsolescent strategies like sword-rattling and stick-shaking. Let’s put an end to foreign policies based on threats and bullying.

NANCY PACE

Frederick, Md.

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