China Sees a Hostile U.S

By Freedman, Michael | Newsweek International, October 4, 2010 | Go to article overview
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China Sees a Hostile U.S


Freedman, Michael, Newsweek International


Byline: Michael Freedman

At recent hearings over China's alleged currency manipulation, U.S. senators made the usual show of their zeal to protect U.S. workers. Charles Schumer spoke of China's "boot to the throat of our recovery," and so on. But many to Chinese leaders, this time the congressional bluster was another symptom of a dramatically unraveling relationship.

In their view, Obama seemed to drop earlier this year his affirmations of how important Beijing is to Washington. Cooperation evaporated as Obama snubbed Beijing by receiving the Dalai Lama at the White House (after earlier refusing to meet with him) and agreeing to sell $6.4 billion in arms to Taiwan, even as Beijing was making nice with Taipei. Hillary Clinton suggested the U.S. would gladly mediate China's disputes with its neighbors over the South China Sea, an offer China had dismissed as an attempt to intrude on its turf. In a few short months, Washington had deliberately challenged Beijing on the three issues that China considers "core" territorial claims--Tibet, Taiwan, and the South China Sea.

Beijing's anger grew with the news of a possible nuclear deal between Washington and Hanoi, and of joint U.S.-South Korea naval exercises in the Yellow Sea, which Beijing diplomat Lu Kang likens to China conducting exercises in the Gulf of Mexico.

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