What Hu Won’t Say in Washington – Melinda Liu

From Newsweek (link): Is China’s ‘’ an aggressive expansion or a harmonious one? As Hu Jintao prepares to visit Washington, Chinese and American diplomats battle over language.

The hoopla over Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to Washington next week has begun. Beijing’s pre-game warm-up for Sino-U.S. presidential summits almost always includes buying a few Boeing aircraft (in this case, some 80 737’s), releasing political prisoners (a Tibetan nun, so far), and dispatching Chinese officials and executives to snarf up American goods. Already a 200-person foreign trade delegation”the largest that the mainland has ever sent abroad”is fanning out to more than a dozen U.S. states to sign $15 billion in new deals.

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