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Kowtowing to China

A new report details how Beijing influences American academics.

11:00 PM, Nov 30, 2009 • By GARY SCHMITT
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Both Democrats and Republicans made a bet more than a decade ago: Give China MFN trade status, membership in the WTO, and market forces and the resulting economic growth would inevitably increase the systemic pressures on China to liberalize politically. The argument at the time was that the market and the WTO would "corrupt" one-party rule from within China. But, if the commission's findings on the behavior of former government officials and academics studying China are close to being true, one has to ask: Who's corrupting whom?

Gary Schmitt is director of AEI's program on advanced strategic studies.