The Congress leaders welcomed Xi for his state visit to the United States, saying the Congress is willing to play a positive role in deepening bilateral friendship and cooperation. The People’s Daily posted photos of the table settings for Xi’s state dinner on Friday night, as well as the menu, which included Maine lobster with spinach, shiitake mushrooms and leek rice noodle rolls, and grilled Colorado lamb with garlic fried milk and baby broccoli. Don’t underestimate the importance of this request from China: Beijing fears that high-ranking corrupt officials in the United States might defect, and leak sensitive information about infighting at the top of the party.
A statement said the repatriation of Kuang marked another important move for anti-corruption cooperation between China and the US. In the piece, the author, one Michael Murphy, angrily questions the decision of US leaders not to attend the event, which saw huge numbers of troops, tanks and missiles paraded through the Chinese capital.
Yang was named as one of China’s 100 “most wanted” economic fugitives in a list released in April.
Among those stories, the People’s Daily video stands apart.
She and another banker’s wife were convicted in 2009 by a federal jury in Las Vegas of helping launder the proceeds and violating immigration laws, including entering the country illegally and gaining US citizenship through fraud. This is taken by more optimistic observers as strong justification for U.S.-China cooperation. China and the US have no choice but to strike a new deal on how to protect China’s vital interests without undermining the dominance of the USA or its credibility within the alliance system.
With expectations high in Washington of some sort of public agreement on cyber, it would be surprising if Washington weren’t able to announce some sort of resolution. This anxiety about the relationship is well justified, both by the louder voices in America advising a tougher policy to counteract China’s assertive behavior and its threat to USA primacy in Asia-Pacific, and by China’s burgeoning tendency to see the U.S.as the main impediment to its stability and rejuvenation. The men were jailed for 25 years and 22 years respectively.
The New York Times has also reported that businessman Ling Wangcheng, believed to be in the USA, is on the list of targets. The phrase not only implies that the two countries can avoid conflict by mutual respect – “new” referring to the idea that they will be able to avoid the historical near inevitability of rising powers going to war with declining powers – but also that the two countries are of equal weight as great powers. China and the USA do not have an extradition treaty. On this area, perhaps more than the others, Xi and Obama may have to agree to disagree.