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James Fallows is National Correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly. In addition to working for the Atlantic, he has spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, two years as the editor of US News & World Report, and six months as a program designer at Microsoft. Close.

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October 4, 2007 9:08 AM

Ultimatums Won't Move China

If a country makes a threat, it must be ready to carry it out. The plain fact is, virtually no country in the world, certainly not the United States, is ready to carry out the threat to boycott the Olympics. Therefore other countries should pressure China. And talk with China. And leave in the background the suggestion that China’s grand and gala opening-to-the-world event, toward which so much of its money and attention is now being devoted, will be forever tainted if the Chinese government continues to look like the evil Burmese junta’s only foreign friend. But it would be foolish to waste time with ultimatums to the effect: Olympics or Burma, take your pick. The Chinese would know that the foreigners didn’t mean it.

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July 24, 2007 4:05 PM

Read Rumsfeld and China

My summer reading recommendations:

To Learn: "Rumsfeld" by Andrew Cockburn; "To Change China" by Jonathan Spence.

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