Trade Talks Test China’s ‘Ms. Fix-It’ – Andrew Batson and Shai Oster

1214 wuyi.JPGFrom The Wall Street Journal:

Influence of Vice Premier Wu, A Well-Regarded Negotiator, Is Critical for a U.S. Deal

It doesn’t matter if it’s a deadly virus, a wave of pirated DVDs or a shortage of plumbers: If there’s a problem, Chinese politicians and foreign businesspeople turn to Wu Yi.

The 68-year-old vice premier is China’s most senior female official and has developed a reputation as the government’s Ms. Fix-It. Today, Ms. Wu returns to one of her toughest challenges: resolving trade tensions with China’s biggest export market, the U.S.

The vice premier will be Beijing’s top negotiator in a series of talks with a U.S. delegation led by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. The talks, which will include six other cabinet-rank officials and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, are the first round in a new strategic dialogue intended to improve U.S.-Chinese relations on trade, financial services, energy and other fronts.[Full Text]

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