Wednesday letters: U.S. could learn much from Chinese

May 28, 2014 

America jumps in and takes sides in every dispute, throwing gobs of money we don’t have or, worse, providing guns, bombs and tanks.

We never let foreigners solve their own problems. The Middle East, Ukraine and Russia have had territorial disputes for thousands of years. We are fools to take sides and waste our money.

When I was a young naval officer in Chile, the United States helped overthrow the democratically elected President Salvador Allende and install the mass killer and dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet. Young Chileans hated us for that.

Meanwhile, Chinese businessmen in Chile took no sides — they just cut lucrative business deals and made friends.

America is young, muscular and always spoiling for a fight. We could learn much from Chinese businessmen, who make money and friends rather than war and enemies.

Gary A. Ling

North Charleston

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