The Washington Post

Resolving difference­s


Regarding Josh Rogin’s Feb. 21 Tuesday Opinion column, “China slaps away America’s outstretch­ed hand”:

Perhaps more was said explicitly in private between Chinese and U.S. officials, but there is otherwise no real public indication that either side has begun a serious effort to discuss and resolve difference­s. Each side continues to insult and threaten the other side while dismissing its self-styled diplomatic virtues.

Refraining from further exploiting the latest spat in public might signal the opening of a hand rather than the closing of a fist. But it takes more than that for the hand to be outstretch­ed.

Ken Weisbrode, Ankara

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