Chinese views on Hu Jintao’s upcoming US visit

Chinese President Hu Jintao will visit the United States next week from January 18 to 21. Read what the Chinese expectations are of this trip:

Ahead of Hu Jintao’s visit, the official tone is optimistic and confident, with editorials stressing the the shared interests of China and the United States, although other analysts take a more measured tone:

On military issues, several articles stress that China is not seeking to challenge the U.S., while making clear that China needs to and deserves to develop its military capabilities:

  • However, commenting on US reaction to China’s development of a stealth jet, the Global Times also ran an op-ed titled, “World-class military not exclusive luxury.” It argues that “Raising its voices in certain international affairs, [China] risks being labeled as tough or overly assertive. But China can no longer forego its own basic rights.”

Individual experts provided the following commentary on China’s relations with the U.S.:

  • Li Hongmei, editor and columnist of People Daily’s Online: The U.S. should show “more flexibility and sincerity” on working with China on North Korea, and “avoid using aggressive and hawkish language” on the South China Sea territorial issues. Taiwan remains a priority concern for not only the Chinese government, but also its citizens, whose anti-Americanism largely stems from “American involvement in Taiwan.” Furthermore, “many ordinary Chinese citizens view the U.S. demands to reevaluate the RMB as an attempt to contain China and limit China’s growth.”

  • Huang Renwei, vice-president of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences further notes that China’s identity as an emerging power is shaped by its relations with the BRICS countries. Working with them and other major developing countries through bilateral and multilateral channels will “help stabilize China’s international environment and reassure powers such as India and Russia that a growing China will not threaten them or challenge their interests.”


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