Re: “Canada’s China-U.S. conundrum,” (The Hill Times, Feb. 24, p. 27). Fifty-odd years ago in Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States of America, then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau said, "Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant." It is a position in which there is both protection and danger. Now a dragon approaches, wanting the elephant's peanuts and the person in between has to please two great beasts. In their article, David Carment and Richard Nimijean identify a possible split in opinion between Canadian military and government leaders, “raising questions about who is running the show in Ottawa," and whether the Chinese or the Americans offer greater security. In this time of the “global village,” all countries have become neighbours and the centre of world power has shifted east. Andrew Romain Gatineau, Que.