Chinese analysts had already sized up Condoleezza Rice before she made her first official visit to China this week as US secretary of state…
“There is always the concern that as a Russia expert, Condoleezza Rice might allow certain Cold War thinking to influence her judgment,” said an editorial in the official Beijing News. “But also as a person with profound knowledge of Russia and the Far East, Rice would know that once a giant country with a long history ‘awakens’, there is an enormous energy to be released and the prospects of its development are stunning.”
And from the Economist:
“China”, wrote Condoleezza Rice when George Bush was first running for the American presidency, “resents the role of the United States in the Asia-Pacific region”. During a visit to China as part of an Asian tour in her new role as secretary of state, she diplomatically avoided such bluntness, remarking instead that America and China shared common interests in regional and global stability. But on two of the region’s paramount security issues, North Korea and Taiwan, Ms Rice did not find the Chinese all that helpful.