This article was so spot-on that I feel inclined to say “me too.”
The article is a book review of “The China Fantasy: How Our Leaders Explain Away Chinese Repression.” It states that American businesses have adapted one of two very benign policies on China’s future: either “a) China keeps growing and becomes more like us; or b) it fails to become more like us, stops growing and therefore ceases to matter.”
However, the book favors a third scenario. One “… in which China keeps growing, and the Communist Party keeps grips on power.”
This seems the most likely scenario to me, as well. The article then denounces the book for not being long enough to accomplish its goal. That may well be, but the idea is one that needed to be brought forth.
If, in 25 years, China is still an oppressive regime that stifles dissent and jails people for criticizing the government, American businesses will have soiled their hands by doing business with them. In a day when rhetoric eclipses fact, this outcome would spell moral disaster for the United States.
The worse news is, we won’t even know it.