March 04, 2010

US-China Fence Mending Falls Flat

The Obama Administration's emissary to Beijing left empty-handed and is now in Tokyo in a reversal of the old Tokyo first then Beijing protocol. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg and chief Asia analyst at the National Security Council Jeffrey Bader met with Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and State Councilor Dai Bingguo. Both Washington and Beijing billed the visit as an attempt to ease tensions over recent disputes on trade, the Dalai Lama, and arms sales to Taiwan. But judging from what the State Department disclosed today the meeting was just more lip service on established positions. Beijing may feel assuaged that the emissary came directly to China. We can only hope that more substantive talks did occur behind the silk screens otherwise the stalemate continues....


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