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On Criticizing China

by Shruti Modi

In On Criticizing China for The Atlantic, James Fallows evaluates China.

The day just ended, Friday, May 10, was an absolutely beautiful day in Beijing. Warm, clear, sunny, fresh — the kind of moment I celebrated when living here as representing “Paradise Beijing.” What you see above is a random shot I took through a bus window this afternoon on the west side of town.

That’s probably a useful context for a long note from a reader now based in the Boston area, who is taking me to task for the tone of recent commentary about China. I disagree with a lot of his incidental points but actually agree with where he ends up. I’ll explain after giving him his say — and after adding some interior reference numbers for later discussion. [more]