From Reuters, via Boston.com:
President George W. Bush’s visit to Beijing, which ended on Monday, had the trappings of a whistle-stop campaign appearance intended to sell his message that the United States wants China to free up its politics and economy before the two countries can move closer.
But the closely scripted encounter between Bush and his Chinese hosts seemed to retrace, not narrow, the differences, analysts said.
“Both sides are paying more attention to the relationship and trying to define and shape it,” said Jin Canrong, an expert on Chinese-U.S. relations at the People’s University of China in Beijing. “But without any urgent issues demanding attention, this visit was always going to be exploratory, not defining.”
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