The long ideological struggle

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-us-china-relations/2016/12/09/beedb888-bccc-11e6-91ee-1adddfe36cbe_story.html?utm_term=.eefe5355b527

Excellent article on US-China relations. All good, but this part popped out for me:

MYTH NO. 1 – Trade and engagement will set China free.
This idea has been a foundational myth of America’s engagement with China almost since President Richard Nixon went there in 1972; it’s been used to justify decades of interaction…So far, this epochal bet has been a bust.

To say the least. We are back to having a stiff competition between two ideological traditions. One is the liberal democratic republican tradition of the U.S. and the European states. The other is good, old-fashioned authoritarianism.

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