In his review of Josef Joffe’s book “The Myth of America’s Decline” [“The rise and fall of America’s rise and fall,” Outlook, Nov. 10], Carlos Lozada wrote that I “switched from hyping Japan to hyping China without so much as blushing.” As he doesn’t explain what “hyping” means, I’m not sure that I did so in either case. But if I had done so, why would I blush? If “hyping” was appropriate for Japan at one time and for China at another, there would be no reason for blushing in either case.

Clyde Prestowitz, Potomac

The writer is president of the Economic Strategy Institute.