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''If China becomes the world's No. 1 nation ... ." That was the headline in the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, The People's Daily, on the eve of Chinese President Hu Jintao's state visit to Washington. The article went on to boast how "China's emergence is increasingly shifting to debate over how the world will treat China, which is the world No. 1 and has overtaken the U.S."
Chinese officials say they have reached an agreement with the National Zoo to keep a pair of giant pandas in Washington five more years.
The closely structured pageantry of a state visit was unable to mask simmering issues between the United States and China on Wednesday, as President Obama prodded Chinese President Hu Jintao to revalue the Chinese currency, the yuan, and Mr. Hu acknowledged "a lot still needs to be done" on his country's human rights record.
The wife of Gao Zhisheng, a Chinese human rights lawyer who revealed details of the torture he endured in detention in China, says she has not heard from her husband since he went missing again last April and fears for his life.
President Obama welcomed Chinese President Hu Jintao to the White House Wednesday for the start of daylong meetings to address currency, trade, security and human rights concerns. Mr. Obama, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and their wives greeted Mr. Hu as he arrived at the presidential mansion.
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.
U.S. companies have long demanded that China let its currency rise to make U.S. exports cheaper. But as President Hu Jintao visits Washington this week, U.S. companies are stressing other goals: Stopping the theft of intellectual property. And getting a fair chance to win government contracts.
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.
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.