Trudy Rubin: Can Beethoven temper the political tensions between US and China?

If you want to understand why we’re not embarked on a “new Cold War” with Beijing, I suggest you watch a PBS documentary this week called “Beethoven in Beijing” — about the Philadelphia Orchestra’s unique relationship with China. I suggest this not because of a vain hope that music can offset political strife. We are indeed headed into rocky, and risky, disputes with Beijing over Taiwan, the South China Sea, Hong Kong, Xinjiang and global leadership in cutting-edge technologies. But a film about China’s passion for the German master — and for Philadelphia’s orchestral treasure — is a reminder …

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