Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Toward Chinese-American Understanding

I applaud the voice of reason expressed in the Nov. 22 opinion-page article, "The US and China: a New Consensus." Having lived and taught in China for five months this year, I had the opportunity to observe the reactions of students and businesspeople to the escalating tensions between these two powers this spring. In all cases, there was an eagerness to establish close relations with the United States tempered by frustration and confusion in understanding our government's policy toward China.

In Shijiazhuang where I lived, I met many people who had very limited contact with Americans and who expressed very distorted views concerning our culture and values as well as our economic and military interests. Upon returning home, it became apparent to me that much of the same lack of understanding existed here. It is extremely important that mutual cooperation be established at the highest levels, but it is equally important that greater understanding be developed between the larger population of each country. I hope that the efforts of both countries to establish a closer working relationship extends to greater cultural exchange. Without such interaction, serious misunderstandings and conflicts are certain to develop. Having observed the breathtaking rate of economic and social change occurring in China, it is clear that by the 21st century they will be a major world power with whom the US must share its global influence. Hopefully, this relationship will be one of mutual respect that is constructive in nature. C. Robert Scull Shippensburg, Pa. The flag is not the problem Two thoughts regarding the Nov. 25 page 1 story on the Confederate Battleflag debate, "South Carolina Flap Over Rebel Flag." First: The author inaccurately refers to the embattled emblem as the "Stars and Bars." As many historians (and most Southerners) know, the "Stars and Bars" very closely resembles the "Stars and Stripes" with a blue star-filled canton and red and white horizontal stripes. The "Confederate Battleflag" flies atop the South Carolina statehouse. The familiar Battleflag consists of a blue saltire cross with 13 stars on a red field. …

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