I think most Americans can support Bush’s posturing with China, as described below.
It has been an article of faith among American policy-makers for two decades now that China’s astonishing economic liberalization must eventually erode Bejing’s one-party dictatorship. Lamentably, there is little sign of such erosion yet, as President Bush’s visit to China this week demonstrated.
Bush set the stage appropriately for focusing on human rights and a less autocratic China. He met with Tibet’s spiritual and political leader in exile, the Dalai Lama, in Washington. In Japan last week before traveling on to Beijing, Bush called on China’s leadership to meet "the legitimate demands of its citizens for freedom and openness." After his arrival in China’s capital, Bush attended religious services Sunday morning in one of Beijing’s few state-approved Protestant churches – a pointed reminder of China’s many offenses against religious freedom.