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Here’s a letter to the New York Post:

In light of China’s military modernization, Peter Brookes warns that Uncle Sam should do more to prepare for a possible future war against the Chinese (“The China challenge,” August 23).

An even more important task is to avoid future belligerencies.  To this end, Sen. Charles Schumer, Sen. Lindsey Graham, and other protectionists in Washington should stop trying to prevent Americans from buying goods and services from China.  The single best hope for continued peace is politically unfettered vibrant commerce between Americans and the Chinese.  Economically integrated, mutually dependent peoples have powerful incentives not to destroy each other.  Killing one’s customers or suppliers is seldom a desirable course of action!

Donald J. Boudreaux