FROM Michael Swaine
The US and China: Face to Face at the White House President Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao will have a small, private dinner tomorrow with top aides. Wednesday, they'll attend the third full state dinner of Obama's term, an honor Hu was denied by George W. Bush.
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?
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