First, yesterdays LATimes Opinion Piece by Nancy Pelosi(the House Minority Leader and Representative for San Francisco), discussing Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit. The Wall Street Journal also gave the story a front page column today discussing how the visit has gone. A few facts stood out in the Wall Street Journal article:
1) Hu spent more time with CEO’s and business people than with political leaders
2) no concrete promises were made
3) an agreement was reached that the US and China would pursue peaceful means to deal with Iran and nuclear proliferation
The trade deficit and amount of American dollars held by the Chinese is probably the most worrisome thing in the Chinese-American relationship. They are helping their own ability to sell by financing our debt. No agreements were reached, in fact Hu did not seem to respond to Bush’s overtures in that direction.
They apparently avoided human rights as an issue , which seems pretty wise considering the American and Chinese records pretty much cover the gamut. Interestingly different defences though. The Chinese say the human rights advocates are powerless because the victims are Chinese criminals on Chinese soil. The Americans say the human rights advocates are powerless because the victims are foreign nationals on foreign soil and we are at war.
The protesting woman was also interesting. A 47 year old pathologist snuck into the ceremony to start shouting at the Presidents. I still don’t understand how that is supposed to accomplish anything.
So… ineffective Democratic protest of the meeting, business getting done, a screaming protestor and a elephant in the room that no one will mention, sounds like your usual diplomatic meeting with an added bonus: war with Iran is further away today than it was yesterday.