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News and Analysis 22 January

January 23, 2011 by  
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This week, Sino US engagement were in lime light. Will the cold war between the two warm up through this visit?

Summit yields gains for both China and U.S. Post  Chinese President Hu Jintao‘s just-concluded summit with President Obama was a win both for the Communist Party and for Hu himself, demonstrating once again the Chinese government’s reliance on ceremony to bolster its standing among its people. China’s state-run newspapers ran enormous photographs of Hu with Obama, a not-so-subtle message that China is now the United States‘ equal on the world stage.

China-US summit: Which country gained the most?‎ – Howard LaFranchi, Christian Science Monitor: “Before leaving Washington for a public-diplomacy tour in Chicago Friday, Chinese President Hu Jintao called for a ‘win-win’ relationship between the United States and China. While it may be too soon to gauge the full impact of Mr. Hu’s state visit on bilateral ties, it does seem that each country’s leader got a ‘win’ from their meetings. President Obama came off as more assertive with a rising China – certainly more than he had during what some critics viewed as a weak performance when he visited Beijing in late 2009. Mr. Obama put human rights on the table, insisted on a two-way street between the two countries in terms of economic access, and apparently pressed successfully (though in private) for increased Chinese pressure on North Korea. For his part, Hu got all the pomp and stature of a state visit – very important to the Chinese. And he was seen as having enhanced his legacy as a pillar of China’s domestic economic transformation and its rise as a global power. Yet the tangible results of the visit were less certain.”

A shift on China – Editorial, Washington Post: “The Obama administration‘s policy toward China shows signs of a significant adjustment on the eve of a state visit to Washington by President Hu Jintao. The potential change was embedded in a major speech on U.S.-Chinese relations delivered Friday by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. … Ms. Clinton … spoke of the economic agenda with Beijing and the need for China to revalue its currency and enforce intellectual property laws – matters addressed in separate speeches last week by the Treasury and Commerce secretaries.

She covered the often difficult U.S.-China dialogue over North Korea, which lately appears to have achieved convergence on a strategy of supporting improved relations between North Korea and South Korea. But the novelty in the secretary’s speech was the introduction of China’s repression of peaceful dissent and its unjust and cruel treatment of political prisoners as a major theme in the administration’s public diplomacy toward China. … Mr. Hu’s visit offers the opportunity for the United States to make clear that a liberalizing China will be far more welcome as it rises as a world power than one that continues to deny its citizens freedom and the rule of law. A freer China is also more likely to curb its nationalist and militarist impulses. Ms. Clinton has made a good start; Mr. Obama must now reinforce the message.”

Obama hosts Hu Jintao on state visit, presses China on human rights President Obama used his summit Wednesday with Chinese President Hu Jintao to place the issue of human rights front and center in the U.S. relationship with the world’s preeminent ascending power. And Hu, in a rare concession, acknowledged that China needs to make more progress.

Subtle Signs of Progress in U.S.-China Relations NYT President Hu Jintao came offering some concessions to demonstrate that constructive relations were essential.

China, U.S. aim at cooperative partnership for global benefits Xinhua China and the United States have agreed to further boost their bilateral relationship toward a cooperative partnership for the benefit of the whole world, President Hu Jintao said Wednesday.

No ‘Hu’ and cry over Chinese Prez visit, US prefers India HT Prime Minister Manmohan Singh got a state dinner when he visited Washington in 2009 as President Barack Obama‘s first state guest. Chinese President Hu Jintao is getting one too, but commentators are discussing it as if it was completely unexpected.

Obama Pushes Hu on Rights but Stresses Ties to China

In China, Economy Grew 9.8%, a Higher Rate Than Expected

Why China Does Capitalism Better Than the U.S. Time  In Darwinian system, China’s system of governance may be more appropriate than the free world’s. China’s success in navigating the economic crisis, says Fukuyama, was based on the ability of its authoritarian political system to “make large, complex decisions quickly, and … make them relatively well, at least in economic policy.” As Western democracies shuffle wheezily forward, China’s economy roars along at a steady clip, having lifted some half a billion people out of poverty over the past three decades and rapidly creating the world’s largest middle class to provide an engine for long-term domestic consumer demand.

Wen’s India, Pak visits promoted strategic ties: China PTI Claiming “new progress” in its ties with South Asian countries, China today said Premier Wen Jiabao‘s recent visit to India and Pakistan “promoted its strategic partnerships of cooperation” with both the nations.

Karzai Delays Afghan Parliament as Vote Crisis Deepens NYT President Hamid Karzai’s decision, following the recommendation of a court studying electoral fraud, puts him at odds with his international supporters.

Burma names military figures to sit in new Parliament BBC  Burmese state media has published lists of military officials who will take up seats in parliament when it opens on 31 January for the first time in 22 years. Under the junta-drafted constitution, the military is allocated 25% of seats in both houses of parliament and the state assemblies. Most of the 388 officers appointed hold relatively junior ranks.

Tunisia as a tipping point: Let’s back democracy in Tunisia — and perhaps prove George W. Bush right about America’s calling – Editorial, Los Angeles Times: Bush considered the nurturing of democracy to be “the calling of our country.” Eight years on, however, the results aren’t as straightforward as he might have hoped. Given the extraordinary repression and human rights abuses in most Arab countries, some have questioned whether democratic movements there can succeed. But we’d like nothing better than for Tunisia to prove Bush right.

Where Were the Tunisian Islamists? NYT The Tunis protesters are not Islamists. They are calling for democracy and elections.

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