"Playing hardball will only put up more barriers instead of allowing for intelligent conversations to find a way to resolve these economic issues in a reasonable manner."
-- Jerrett, Massachusetts
"I believe that window has closed since China possesses so much U.S. debt issues."
-- Neal, Maine
"Yes – to the extent that we have any leverage/bargaining-power left with the Chinese. And we may not."
-- Kurt W., Arizona
"It amazes me how the politicians are selling out this country to keep inflation low and their contributions from corporate America flooding in. In a decade or so the Chinese will be playing military hardball with us and guess who financed it."
-- Larry A., Ohio
"If we don't play hardball with China, they will see us as weak and controllable."
-- Pete C., Delaware
"As long as we value saving a dollar at Wal-Mart over the long term consequences of our actions as a nation, it's extremely unlikely we'll be playing hardball with China."
-- Paul, New Jersey
"We pay full price for Chinese goods, it is only fair that they pay full price for American music, movies, textbooks, software, patents, trademarks, pharmaceutical royalties, technology, and other intellectual property. Also stop the illegal copying of our goods. They copied a Chevy so well that the parts were interchangeable, albeit lower quality. They even copied Starbucks. Had we demanded this from the start the economic factors would have fallen in line."