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Here's a Chinese shovel to go with Hu Jintao's state visit to Obama's White House

Presidents Obama and Hu Jintao in Seoul 11-11-10

China's President Hu Jintao makes a state visit to the White House on Tuesday on a journey that the Obama administration is hyping to the max. So it must be important.

Jay Leno has revealed that the Chinese leader has no intention of foreclosing on all of its loans to the U.S., on this trip anyway. So the official visit will probably go smoothly.

Obama hosts a private closed dinner tonight at the White House for Hu. First,....

...Obama meets this afternoon with the secretaries of Defense, Robert Gates, and State, Hillary Clinton, presumably for any final adjustments in aligning strategy for the visit.

There will be lots of the usual talk about common ground and mutual understanding. Hopefully, the American leader may get a chance to chat with Hu about what Gates revealed during his recent Asian trip: That China's civilian leaders, who are supposed to be in firm charge over there being of the single party and all, seemed clueless about their military's recent test of a stealth jet fighter.

And that the same thing happened previously, remember when a Chinese missile blew up one of its own satellites in an obvious test of that capability of blinding any nosy eyes-in-the-sky. And the explosion littered that orbit with thousands of pieces of debris that the U.S. Air Force now monitors.

In advance of the visit, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner spoke of how complementary the two countries' lopsided trading relationship is, stressing the growth in U.S. exports to China. Watch for Hu to announce some lucrative contracts with American firms during his stay. Also look for the U.S. to continue talk about China's undervalued currency, human rights issues and those pesky North Koreans that China silently appreciates having as a thorn in the side of America's relations in Asia.

But, hey, with America's new open dialogue diplomatic policy, what are a few information gaps among nuclear-armed friends?

Speaking of diplomatic talk, if the next war involves shovels as a major instrument or weapon, it's looking now like China just might have the jump on the U.S. (Watch this energetic Chinese video because the comisariat may be watching you.)

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo: Jim Young / Reuters (Obama and Hu in Seoul in November 2010). H/T

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China faces a whole series of issues, not the least of which is a gender gap as shown here:

A growing gap between the number of males and females and the dramatic and growing shortage of women could ultimately lead to unrest in the country which will interfere with manufacturing output. As the world's factory, this will impact the economy of the entire world including that of the United States which needs the low-priced goods produced in China to keep its inflation rate under control.

America Must Come First, We will not rebuild China on the backs of American Industry and Workers.

This week the President of China will be welcomed by American political leaders and a President that just doesn't get it. We are rebuilding China and much of Asia by eliminating American jobs, taxing unmercifully U.S. businesses while chinese currency is manipulated and Americans can neither borrow money or compete in the export arena. With 15 to 20 percent of the American labor force no longer working, and Chinese enjoying their wealth without a whimper from Congress or the President, our standard of living falls daily.

We must lower state and federal taxes on U.S. companies and increase import fees on all Chinese products. We must replace lobbyists with the American people when it comes to listening and acting. We must demand quid pro quo international markets and reevauate our obligations fiscally to China based on a hard hitting formula which subtracts from our fiscal debt obligations, manipulated yuans and other pretend currency.

We are focused on the military conflicts and wars internationally while the real war for jobs and income continues sponsored by China and others. We Republicans must stop playing footsie with these Chinese autocrats and do it soon.It's all aboutjobs, I want at least 20 million created soon.

Dr. Alan Phillips

The shovels are needed for the manure that is going to be spread by both sides. Jintao pretending to not be contemptuous of an America stupid and weak enough to elect an obviously unqualified and disorganized leader and the US pretending that China isn't preparing to engage the US militarily once they possess sufficient economic, military and strategic advantage.

Did Hu Jintao ask our President about our abuse of prisoners in Iraq, Afghanista­n, and Gitmo? Did he mention the CIA sponsored kidnapping­s (so called renditions­) and subsequent torture in foreign countries of people we suspected of anti-U.S. activities­?


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