Thursday, January 20, 2011

UK: US, China talks


"When so much divides you and it's so easy to view yourselves as rivals, how do you convince everyone watching that you're all in this together?

"That's the conjuring trick Barack Obama and Hu Jintao have set themselves for this, arguably the most important state visit to Washington in years."


"Earlier in the week, New York Democratic Senator Charles Schumer said it was essential to confront Chinese currency manipulation "to preserve the American dream".

"But Mr Obama was as diplomatic with trade as he was with human rights, acknowledging that the US needed to make its own structural reforms "to make ourselves more competitive in the world economy".

"But for all the many irritants which complicate this hugely important relationship, the two leaders were, in their own ways, making the same point: if we get this one wrong, then we are all in a great deal of trouble.

"Two countries which together account for a third of the global economy owe it to each other, and to the rest of the world, to show that they can collaborate even as they compete.

"Both leaders have stated their desire to make the relationship work. But that doesn't make it any less complicated."

Hu Jintao and Barack Obama's conjuring trick

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