China’s Gravitational Pull


Steve Clemons & Haibao Beijing.jpg
On this trip to China, I haven’t yet made it up to the Shanghai Expo, but I hope to go soon. China’s Pavilion towers among the rest and is a testament to the fact that after a few hundred tough years, China is back.
Living in Washington, I’m used to seeing world leaders come through regularly — most recently for the nuclear materials summit hosted by President Obama.
However, China keeps a dizzying pace of welcoming and sending off leaders — at a rate comparable and possibly greater than what Washington receives today.
Right now German Chancellor Angela Merkel is doing the China thing — and British Foreign Minister William Hague is in town. And in recent days, Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner was here.
Beijing is where the global game is moving to.
— Steve Clemons


4 comments on “China’s Gravitational Pull

  1. Don Bacon says:

    Actually China doesn’t make shoes big enough.
    Imitation — Haibao in turn is a Gumby knock-off.
    Where does it stop?
    Did Steve also buy a “rolex” on the street?


  2. non-hater says:

    Pretty good imitation, except for the shoes.


  3. Don Bacon says:

    What’s with all this frivolity in China, with state visits? Isn’t the Peoples Republic of China, which shares a fifty mile border (the Vakhan corridor) with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, concerned about islamofascist terrusts? Particularly now, with the SecState of the United States of Stupid visiting Afghanistan to “reintegrate” the Taliban, which the US has been fighting for almost nine years in a losing war, into the Afghan government.
    China is nervous not about Afghanistan but about the US military so close to its border. “Afghanistan should cut its reliance on the US. At the moment, Washington is deeply involved, and it makes other neighbors nervous. Karzai now hopes to seek more support from other big countries and find a diplomatic balance.” — Zhang Xiaodong, deputy head of the Chinese Association for Middle East Studies, March, 2010.
    Then Clinton is on to Pakistan with a 7.5 billion-dollar bribe (a payday loan from China) intended to get Pakistan to stop supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan. Wait — isn’t the Taliban to be reintegrated? It’s so confusing.
    But it’s not confusing in China, which has investments in Afghanistan (including a huge copper mine) and which has been Pakistan’s most reliable ally for six decades, while the US is extremely unpopular in that country, bribes notwithstanding.


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