China’s Hu offers US reassurance, not breakthroughs – Chris Buckley

From Reuters via the Washington Post (link)

Chinese President Hu Jintao must perform before a U.S. audience increasingly restive about China’s growing strength when he visits there next week on a trip crafted to reassure, not confront.

President George W. Bush has said trade grievances will dominate when the two leaders meet in Washington on April 20. These include widespread Chinese bootlegging of American goods, yuan exchange rate controls which many in Washington say keep Chinese exports undervalued, and a trade gap which hit a record $202 billion in 2005.

Even before Hu leaves on Tuesday for the four-day visit, China has orchestrated a counter-offensive of deals and promises.

See also “No Easy Solution to US Trade Imbalance with China” from the Voice of America.

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