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China must not shut the door to cultural exchanges with the U.S.

Self-imposed isolation could exacerbate misunderstandings

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Students study English together at the Beijing Language and Culture University in December 2007: China still has time to repair its damaged cultural ties with the U.S.   © Los Angeles Times/Getty Images

Minxin Pei is professor of government at Claremont McKenna College and a nonresident senior fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Harvard University recently announced that it will relocate its summer language program next year from Beijing to Taipei.

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