''We encourage China to continue down the road of reform and openness,'' Bush told an audience that stayed silent until its polite applause at the end. ''By meeting the legitimate demands of its citizens for freedom and openness, China's leaders can help their country grow into a modern, prosperous, and confident nation.''
His challenge to Beijing immediately followed lavish praise of Taiwan.
''By embracing freedom at all levels, Taiwan has delivered prosperity to its people and created a free and democratic Chinese society,'' Bush said. Pointing to Taiwan -- as well as South Korea -- Bush said political freedoms are the inevitable product of the kind of economic liberalization China has begun pursuing.
''Men and women who are allowed to control their own wealth will eventually insist on controlling their own lives and their own future,'' he said. ''As China reforms its economy, its leaders are finding that once the door to freedom is opened even a crack, it cannot be closed.''
The Red Chinese loathe being compared with Taiwan.
I'm enjoying him now as he'll be gone far too soon.