April 4, 2004
By Dexter Roberts
China’s “Iron Lady” is Wu Yi, China’s vice-premier and the only woman in China’s 24-member ruling Politburo. She is also China’s top trade negotiator who will lead trade talks with White House officials in the middle of this month. The article captures this woman’s rise to power and gives a snapshot of her style and personality.
Trade negotiations promise to be contentious: U.S. has filed its first complaint against China before the World Trade Organisation (WTO) claiming that Beijing offers its semiconductor industry unfair protection. Other thorny issues on the agenda include concerns over rampant counterfeiting and piracy. This is also election year in the U.S. where discontent over unemployment rates remains strong.
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