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Asia's Georgian Cold

The repercussions of Russian aggression.

12:00 AM, Sep 12, 2008 • By MICHAEL AUSLIN
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Could there be one silver lining lurking in the clouds? Perhaps President Hu and his coterie will like being compared favorably to Russia, will enjoy being the toast of the international community. In that case, they will know that acting like Putin will cost them that most-favored-nation position, and that a bullying, threatening posture
may take the bloom off the rose. On the other hand, they can look at NATO's feeble "consideration of sanctions" and America's hesitant and inadequate response and take heart. Unless the next American President makes a credible recommitment to protecting democratic states, followed by measurable action, all Asia will know which way the wind is blowing.

Michael Auslin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.