Yang Jiechi [“Win-win cooperation,” op-ed, July 9] is a spokesman for an autocratic ruling party whose police this month shot at unarmed Tibetans holding a prayer service to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s birthday. Communist Party-sponsored violence against not just Tibetans but also Uighurs, Mongolians and dissident Chinese reveals a deeply insecure ruling elite without a conscience.

More important, the party’s brand of governance reveals a lack of intelligence, imagination and foresight that is already internally self-destructive and, if appeased, will become outwardly aggressive.

In the long run, neither we in the United States nor peace-loving citizens anywhere in the world can afford the closed-eye “cooperation” Yang seeks.

Dennis Cusack, Berkeley, Calif.

The writer is co-chair of the International Tibet Network.