真的是这样吗？从现在看来，这所谓的贸易战却更像是一种相互渗透和接受。我的酒店就在时尚华贵的朝阳区，与苹果专卖店一街之遥，在这里，你可以你可以看到星巴克，Calvin Klein以及你所能想到的所有名牌奢侈品商店。 在一小时车程外的慕田峪长城区，第一家印入眼帘的餐厅便是赛百味。在中国高档的汽车不仅包括保时捷，奔驰，还有美国的别克。在北京任何的商业街上随处可见店铺，卖家，和小贩在经营商品贸易。共产主义已经不是中国的体制了，只是中国政府尚未找出摆脱这个代名词的方法。
尤金·罗宾逊(Eugene Robinson)是《华盛顿邮报》的专栏作家和副主编，同时也做有线新闻电视MSNBC的时政评论员。 他从2005年2月开始为《华盛顿邮报》撰写每周两次的社论，130多家报纸拥有他的专栏的转载权。“在2008年总统大选期间，他撰写的许多专栏围绕美国第一位非洲裔总统的竞选，他的评论极具说服力，文笔优美，并展现了历史的深度”， 为此他于2009年荣获普利策奖。
The wrong way to talk about China
Eugene Robinson (November 29, 2011)
Even the briefest acquaintance with this smoggy, sprawling capital is basis
enough to conclude that much of the campaign rhetoric we're hearing about
China is unrealistic, dishonest or just dumb.
This is my first visit to China, and I plan to spend the next few columns
reporting what I see. I spent enough years as a foreign correspondent to
know how tricky first impressions can be. The subtleties and complexities
of any society are-unsurprisingly-subtle and complex.
But not all first impressions are unreliable. Some are such no brainers
that they can only deepen with experience. One thing I already know is
that the way many U.S. politicians talk about China is surely wrong.
With the exception of Jon Huntsman, who served as U.S. ambassador here,
all the Republican candidates seem to want to be "tough on China." Mitt
Romney apparently has decided to be the toughest, at least on the economic
matters most often cited as a reason to display toughness.
"We can't just sit back and let China run all over us," he said in one of
the debates. "People say, well, you'll start a trade war. There's one
going on right now, folks."
Really? From here, it looks more like an embrace than a war. My hotel is
in the chic, yuppified Chaoyang District, just up the street from an
Apple store, a Starbucks, a Calvin Klein boutique and just about every
luxury retailer you could possibly name. An hour's drive away, at the
visitors center for the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, the first
restaurant you see is a Subway. High status automobile brands in China
include not just Porsche, Audi and Mercedes, but also Buick.
None of this remedies China's unfair policy of manipulating exchange rates
or its laxity in protecting intellectual property rights. But when you
walk the streets of Beijing, you see a huge, rapidly growing consumer
society that in many ways looks much like our own. I know this is an
I know that boomtowns such as Beijing, Shanghai and others near the
coast do not reflect conditions in the less developed hinterlands.
But I also know that the U.S. and Chinese economies will be the two
largest in the world through much of this century and that they are
so codependent that talk of one country running all over the other is
There's a saying that if you're in debt to the bank by $1,000, the bank
owns you. But if you’re in debt to the bank by $1 trillion, you own
The last thing Chinese officials would want is to do meaningful damage
to our economy, because the more quickly we return to steady growth,
the more secure China can be that all the money it lent us will be paid
It goes almost without mentioning that the United States imported about
$365 billion of Chinese goods last year. China also has a compelling
interest in making sure the United States retains the capacity to serve
as the biggest buyer of the flood of products that Chinese factories
So this is really a dispute over issues that should not be addressed with
chest pounding and tough guy threats. The solution involves negotiation
and simple arithmetic and both sides have a powerful incentive to reach
Someone should explain this to Rick Perry though on second thought, it
might not make any difference. His most quotable bit of China bashing
came in the political realm.
"I happen to think that the Communist Chinese government will end up on
the ash heap of history," he said.
But this ignores the big picture. Yes, China is governed in an authori-
-tarian, repressive, at times shockingly brutal manner by a regime that
calls itself communist. But communism self immolated two decades ago.
Walk down any commercial street in Beijing and you see storefronts,
venders and hawkers selling anything under the sun. Communism is no
longer a system in China. It's just a brand name that officials haven't
figured out how to ditch.
I'm aware, of course, of the shameful human rights violations that the
Chinese government commits every day and of the government's selfish,
corrupt insistence on maintaining a monopoly of power. These atrocities
can never be forgotten.
But I'm betting that the burgeoning middle class will find a way to cast
off these shackles. The correct response would be to cheer them on.