Hu Jintao U.K. visit 2005

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China knows its limits in Europe – Duncan Freeman

From the Asia Times: The recent state visits by President Hu Jintao to the United Kingdom, Germany and Spain are the latest steps in a continuing effort by the Chinese government and its European counterparts to strengthen their ties, but they also demonstrate some of the contradictions China faces in dealing with Europe and its […]

Row over Prince’s China diaries – BBC

From BBC NEWS: Prince Charles wrote the comments during the 1997 Hong Kong handover. In the journal he described Chinese diplomats at a ceremony as “appalling old waxworks”, the paper reported. He also allegedly called a speech by then-Chinese president Jiang Zemin as propaganda, and slated the function as an “awful Soviet-style” performance. The newspaper […]

In Europe, Hu faces trade and human rights issues

The International Herald Tribune reports: Prime Minister Tony Blair put human rights concerns along with ambitions to expand trade on the agenda for his meeting Wednesday with President Hu Jintao of China. “We will raise our concerns with them,” said Tom Kelly, a spokesman for Blair. “It’s best to deal with these matters in private […]

A miracle and a menace – Jonathan Watts

From the Guardian: Hu Jintao is visiting London as president of a China at its most powerful for 200 years. It now needs resources to keep its factories running, its people sated. Its leaders want the economy to more than triple by 2020. For some, it is the business opportunity of a lifetime, but for […]

Battle of the flags for China visit – BBC

From BBC NEWS : It was a curious battle of flags, complete with a British tolerance for the other point of view. President Hu Jintao of China was to be accorded the finest of welcomes to the UK: An official hello from the Queen, a carriage ride up the Mall, flanked by the Household Cavalry, […]

China goes on diplomatic offensive – Paul Reynolds

From BBC NEWS: Chinese President Hu Jintao arrives in London on Tuesday at the start of a visit to the UK, Germany and Spain, as part of an initiative by China to try to establish itself as a diplomatic as well as an economic player on the world stage. Mr Hu has been a great […]

How China learned to love capitalism – James McGregor

From the Observer: China is simultaneously the world’s largest startup and the world’s largest turnaround. The country can draw on a 2,000-year tradition, but also on Western business know-how and technology – that is why it has been able to make progress so quickly. If you think about the last decade of China’s economic and […]

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