Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Three Sage Points About China - James Fallows - The Atlantic

Sidney Rittenberg went to China as a soldier in WWII.  He learned Chinese and stayed.  A Communist sympathiser, he later ran afoul of the regime and spent sixteen years in solitary.  Yet he never became an enemy of China or the regime.  Critic, yes, enemy, no.  He tells the story in his book The Man Who Stayed Behind, which I will review one of these days. - GWC
Three Sage Points About China - James Fallows - The Atlantic:
Earlier this year I had the pleasure of interviewing Sidney Rittenberg, in Seattle, about his six-plus decades of involvement in U.S.-Chinese affairs, including the 16 years he spent in solitary confinement in prisons of Mao's China.
This week, also in Seattle, he received at age 92 a "Lifetime Achievement" award from the Washington State China Relations Council. In a terse four minutes, from time 17:00 to 21:00 (click on link above), he offers what I consider several sage points for stable and productive relations between the countries. 

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