This week, the president of China, Hu Jintao visits the US and I am really looking forward to this visit for a few reasons.
- I am looking to see how comfortable Bush and Jintao will look together and whether there will be any awkward moment.
- I am wondering what issue will dominate the visit. China is on the cover of Newsweek this week with the title, “the real clashes of civilizations.” Fareed Zakaria points out in his column that the relationship between the United States and Chinais at a crossroads and that the US (and China) needs to decide whether to be friendly rivals or bitter adversaries. If the Bush administration takes a more confrontational approach this week with China by focusing on what separates the two nations then we will know that it has chosen to view China as a potential enemy.
I wonder how the press is going to cover the visit and if Jintao will get good reviews or negative reviews.
Finally, I wonder how the Chinese are going to frame their view on Iran. It is certain that a journalist is going to ask a question about Iran at the news conference that the two heads of state will have. I wonder how they are going to hide the fact or rather smooth over the differences between the two visions that they have of Iran and of the current crisis.