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The Real Enemies of China

Qiutao Wang G and Xiaobo Li G should be ashamed of themselves. In their response to Kris Schnee ’02 [“A Warm Welcome for Premier Zhu,” April 13], they label him a xenophobe for daring to criticize the Communist mainland Chinese government. What is xenophobic about criticizing a government that engages in widespread repression of independent speech by way of coercion, violence, and murder? On the contrary, strong opposition to Premier Zhu and the government that he is a part of is a powerful message of support for the citizens of mainland China. Who are the real enemies of the millions of citizens under mainland China’s rule? Are they the people who criticize coercion and violence or people like Wang and Li who support and comfort the oppressors of Chinese citizens?

David S. Kelman ’99