Regarding Dan Southerland’s June 1 Sunday Opinion commentary, “The courage to tell the tale of Tiananmen”:

It is time for political reform in China. As living standards there soared and created a middle class, the aspirations for political participation were nurtured. The first step toward political reform is treating dissidents with leniency, appreciating their value to society. That would convince people that China contributes to peace and to the universal values of freedom, democracy and human rights. Pretending the Tiananmen incident never happened is not an option.

Kent Wang, Potomac Falls

The writer is advisory commissioner for the Overseas Chinese Affairs Council of Republic of China (Taiwan) in the United States.