Thursday, April 13, 2006

The Economist: Hu's Coming To Dinner, But Will Only Have Lunch

I think this visit, and the political ramifications on both sides of the Pacific, reveal a great deal about the feelings of insecurity felt by many regarding the relationship between China and the United States. During his trip to the States, President Hu will also visit Yale University. This visit is causing quite a stir. However, the controversy seems to stem less from a visit by the leader of China, with whom Yale has a long relationship, but because of the changing nature of the perception of and reaction to China in the US. With all that is going on in the world, I do not think this will be a central theme in the 2006 election, and perhaps not even the one thereafter; but sooner or later, how American leaders, political and otherwise, deal with their Communist Chinese counterparts will become quite important to informed citizens.


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