kagan has a couple of good points.
americans think they are 'managing' china just because the chinese nod and smile nicely at them.
this is a lot like americans think they are 'managing' pakistan. they are managing pakistan so well that pakistan is the muscle every major terrorist strike against the west (while saudi arabia is the bankroller). the late news about four pakistani-britons being behind the london blast should not amaze anybody.
yes, us state department, keep appeasing musharraf until he does the 'big one': a nuke in times square.
similarly, yes, keep 'managing' china, all you clever cold warriors of foggy bottom.
the only way to 'manage' china is to knee-cap them: do some really hurtful things. like an embargo on their goods. or a nice little war where the chinese are humiliated.