The US and China: Face to Face at the White House
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As President Hu Jintaou arrives tomorrow for a White House visit, the US and China are being compared to two aircraft carriers that can only be moved from the very top. We hear how both countries have been preparing. Can personal connections resolve the increased tensions of recent years? Also, former Dictator "Baby Doc" Duvalier Returns to Haiti, and Martin Luther King, Jr., then and now.
Banner image: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks on January 14, 2011 at the State Department, making a passionate call for China to improve human rights, pledging not to shy away from disagreements ahead of a state visit by President Hu Jintao. Photo: Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images
Former Dictator 'Baby Doc' Duvalier Returns to Haiti ()
The regime of Haiti's dictator, Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, was so corrupt and brutal he was forced out of the country 25 years ago. Yesterday, despite the prospect of prosecution, he left luxurious exile in France and returned to Port-au-Prince. He arrived in a nation still devastated by an earthquake one year ago and by political instability caused by a controversial election. Tracy Wilkinson, Mexico City Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times, is in Port au Prince.
US-China Relations ()
The Obama Administration's been preparing for weeks for Wednesday's summit, likely to be the last with Chinese President, Hu Jintao, who will be gone next year. Tomorrow, they'll have a small, private dinner with top aides, before attending the third full state dinner of Obama's term, an honor Hu was denied by George W. Bush. Secretaries Gates, Geithner and Clinton have addressed military and economic issues indicating that, if China doesn't want to be partners, the United States has options. China's concerned about US military sales to Taiwan, its domination of the Pacific and the beefing up of relations with Japan, South Korea and Vietnam. Both countries are divided between hawks and doves. Can the heads of state shore up a relationship that's at risk of going off track?
- Mark Landler: Diplomatic Correspondent, New York Times, @Marklandler
- Adam Minter: Shanghai-based journalist, @AdamMinter
- Margaret Pearson: Professor of Government and Politics, University of Maryland
- Michael Swaine: Senior Associate in the Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy in Tucson's Shadow ()
Martin Luther King, Jr. was gunned down on April 4, 1968, but today is the day we recognize him. His message is especially poignant against the recent incident of gun violence and apparent attempted assassination in Tucson, Arizona. Clarence Page is a nationally syndicated columnist with the Chicago Tribune.
- Clarence Page: Nationally Syndicated Columnist, Chicago Tribune
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