Jiang and Bush both deserve respect

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 May, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 May, 2001, 12:00am

Those who believe that President George W. Bush is a weak president are mistaken.

Mr Bush is not weak. And this misconception might lead to misunderstandings.

It could be dangerous and interfere with good communications if some countries do not take him seriously.

It might be that China would prefer to be dealing with a Democrat, such as former president Bill Clinton or Al Gore.

However, China is not going to gain anything by trying to make Mr Bush look bad.

Just as the views of Jiang Zemin should be listened to, so Beijing's leaders should respect Mr Bush's opinion.

These men are leaders and deserve respect.

Of course, some of the serious issues that have been raised, such as the environment, energy and human rights, are global issues. They concern us all, and we should all be addressing these issues.

Regarding China, we have the opportunity to continue the good work started by Mr Clinton. But the lines of communication must be good, and then both sides can benefit.


St Louis, Missouri, US