And itt might look that way, but this incident is hard-ball in its purist form. And it would behoove the US to realize this.
Our relationship with those two countries is entirely different. Most importantly, because our economic partnership with China is far more significant and more important. China is our second largest trading partner after Canada. We have more trade with them than we do with the entire EU combined. That close economic relationship means we don't really have an antagonistic relationship with China the way we do with Russia. We aren't hostile with Russia, but we clearly don't see eye to eye. So the way we should deal with China is by simply negotiating with them in good faith and in a spirit of friendship. The way we have to deal with Russia is far more complicated.
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To argue with a man who has renounced his reason is like giving medicine to the dead. -- Thomas Paine