Huntsman: Learn From Chen Debacle

    Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman celebrates his third place finish with his wife Mary Kaye at his election night party January 10, 2012 in Manchester, New Hampshire. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Americans should take two lessons from the recent diplomatic tussle that erupted over blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, writes former U.S. ambassador to China Jon Huntsman Monday in The Wall Street Journal. The country’s influence may be growing, but “the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party is profoundly insecure.” On top of that, people from all walks of Chinese life “are increasingly demanding a more transparent and fair society.” The American government and electorate need to come to a better understanding of these often contradictory forces, Huntsman argues. The example of Chen “has given us an opening that we can either see as a source of conflict or as an opening for expanding our dialogue” as America looks to develop more open relations with the Asian power.

    Read it at The Wall Street Journal