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New column on the Huff-Po: When Obama Meets Hu: "Normalizing" Sino-American Relationship?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/leon-t-hadar/when-obama-meets-hu-norma_b_810027.html




Leon T. Hadar
Journalist and foreign affairs analyst

Posted: January 17, 2011 05:36 PM
When Obama Meets Hu: "Normalizing" Sino-American Relationship?
President Barack Obama will be hosting Hu Jintao, President of China, on January 19 as part of a visit that will be complete with a State arrival ceremony, a joint press conference, and a glitzy State dinner. In addition to highlighting the importance of the relationship between the world's two largest economic powers that have become so central to growth of the global economy and the stability of the international system, President Hu's meetings with President Obama will provide an opportunity to press the reset button on the Sino-American ties.
The relationship has been straining since President Obama's visit to China in November 2009: the tensions during the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen and in the aftermath of Obama'…

feel free to attend this event

Jan 23 2011 - Cameri Theatre Production of RETURN TO HAIFA at Theatre J, Washington DC
Adapted by Boaz Gaon from the novella by Ghassan Kanafani, directed by Sinai Peter.

This heart-rending saga tells the story of Sa'id and Saffiyah, who return to the home they fled and learn the fate of the baby they left behind in 1948. Now a young soldier, Dov meets his birth parents while cleaving to the Holocaust survivors who raised him.

Performed in Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles.

Panel Discussion Follows Performance
Moderated by Ron Kampeas (Washington, D.C. bureau chief of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
Yaniv Sagee (Israel Representative from Givat Haviva, advancing Jewish-Arab relations in Israel)
Paul Scham (Visiting Professor of Israel Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park)
Leon Hadar (Research Fellow at the Cato Institute, author of Quagmire: America in the Middle East)

Performance at 3:00 p.m., discussion at 4:30 p.m.
Purchase tickets online at: www.theatrej.org or by p…

Will Hu's visit make a difference?

Business Times - 18 Jan 2011


Will Hu's visit make a difference?

Each leader needs to come out of it showing that the US-China relationship advances his own nation's economic interests

By LEON HADAR
WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT

PRESIDENT Barack Obama will host China's President Hu Jintao tomorrow, as part of a state visit that will be complete with an arrival ceremony, a joint press conference - with the two leaders appearing side-by- side - and even a glitzy state dinner to which anybody who is somebody hopes to be invited. (The dinner's guest list has yet to be released.)

The last state visit by a Chinese leader to Washington was in 1997, when Bill Clinton hosted Jiang Zemin.

President Obama extended the invitation to President Hu during the G-20 summit in Toronto last June, perhaps in the hope that in addition to highlighting the importance of the relationship between the world's two largest economic powers that have become so central to the stability of the internati…