/ News / Boston Globe / Opinion / Op-ed / Respecting China: “Thus I was bemused by Donald Rumsfeld’s recent comments that China was a country ”we hope and pray enters the civilized world in an orderly way.’

A Pentagon spokesman, in a role similar to the fellow who follows the circus elephant with a shovel, jumped in quickly to explain that the secretary of defense did not mean to suggest that China was not a civilized country, only that it had been an inward-looking country that was now emerging as a global actor. True enough, but increasingly, it seems, ”civilized’ actors are those who play roles written for them by the Bush administration.”


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