President Hu Jintao concluded his first trip to the United States with a speech today at Yale University aimed at reassuring Americans about his country’s rise. But he made clear that China would remain “focused wholeheartedly” on economic growth and would move only “prudently” to expand political rights.
Mr. Hu also appeared to take up Mr. Bush’s call during their White House meeting for China to become a “stakeholder” ” a word meant to convey that it must use its new power for more than economic gain.
“We must not only become stakeholders,” Mr. Hu said. “We must become partners in constructive cooperation.”