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Ten Things President Obama Needs to Hear From China’s New Leader

5:46 PM, Feb 13, 2012 • By JOSEPH A. BOSCO
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Trade and currency. We have benefited greatly from the openness and even generosity of the West over the past four decades—which has significantly compensated China for our previous “century of humiliation.” We wish to reciprocate that good will by truly becoming a “responsible international stakeholder.”  We will steadily allow our currency to float and will conform to international norms in our trade practices.

Intellectual property and cyber espionage. While we will continue to compete vigorously in the economic realm, we will do so honestly and through Chinese innovation and entrepreneurship rather than by stealing the creative work of others.

In these and other ways, we will strive to earn the world’s respect as peaceful, honorable, and contributing members of the international community so that no country need fear the rise of China.

Joseph A. Bosco served in the office of the secretary of defense as China country desk officer from 2005 to 2006 and previously taught graduate seminars on China-U.S. relations at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. He is now a national security consultant.

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