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When it comes to public appearances, China's president is no Barack Obama. Stiff and media-averse, the 67-year-old Hu Jintao will be stepping out of character when he takes questions from reporters after meeting the U.S. president on Wednesday. It's a White House demand that could create some awkward moments, but Hu is willing to take the risk to improve China's image abroad.
Chinese President Hu Jintao will begin formal talks with President Obama on Wednesday, as the White House comes under pressure to use the state visit as a forum to raise the issue of China's illicit technology trade with Iran.
Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived Tuesday as President Obama prepared to welcome him with a careful mix of firmness and warmth befitting the leader of a nation that is at once the largest U.S. rival and most important potential partner.
Hu Jintao, the general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and China's unelected president, arrives in the United States today for a summit meeting with President Obama. The White House is downplaying expectations for the meeting. Good move.
In one of the great comedic routines of all time, Abbott and Costello went round and round about a baseball player by the name of Who and which base he was on. As Chinese President Hu Jintao shows up to be feted in Washington this week, the question is not whether Who's on first but whether Mr. Hu's becoming first - the leader of a nation on a trajectory not merely to rival the United States as a "peer competitor" but to supplant it as the world's only superpower. Unfortunately, the answer may be no laughing matter.
November's election made it quite clear that the people of the United States do not want to radically change our society in the name of global warming. Pretty much every close House race went to the Republicans, while the Democrats won all the Senate squeakers. The difference? The House on June 26, 2009, passed a bill limiting carbon-dioxide emissions and getting into just about every aspect of our lives. The Senate did nothing of the sort.
If President Obama can raise just one human rights issue at the summit this week with Chinese President Hu Jintao, he should speak for China's disappeared.
When Hu Jintao makes what is likely his final trip to Washington as China's president, he will get an honor he desperately wanted but was denied during his first visit nearly five years ago: a White House state dinner.
The monumental presence of China already is on American soil, well before the state visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao, who arrives in Washington on Tuesday with a bustling entourage and a full agenda.