Can President Hu Jintao and President Obama Repair the US/China Relationship?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

President Obama meets with Chinese President Hu Jintao for a bilateral meeting before the G20 Summit in Seoul, South Korea, 2010. (Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images)

China's President Hu Jintao arrived at Andrews Air Force Base Tuesday, for the start of his three day visit to our nation's capital. He is set to meet with President Obama and other top officials, before a black tie dinner in the Chinese President's honor. The meeting comes at a time when the relationship between countries is strained and both presidents are suffering from a lack of faith in their leadership.

Meanwhile, China and its people remain a mystery to most Americans. To help us understand the dynamics and demographics of China, is Sheryl WuDunn, a banker with Mid-Market Securities and the author of "China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power."

Guests:

Sheryl WuDunn

Produced by:

David J Fazekas

Comments [3]

Tom B from Detroit

What songs would be changed by digital communication? "Indian Love Call" comes to mind.....

Oo-Oo-Oo-Oo, Oo-Oo-Oo-Oo
When I'm texting you
Oo-Oo-Oo-Oo, Oo-Oo-Oo-Oo
Will you text me too?
Oo-Oo-Oo-Oo, Oo-Oo-Oo-Oo

That means I offer my life to you by your cell phone
If you refuse me I will be blue, waiting with my phone

But if when you hear my ring tone ringing clear
Oo-Oo-Oo-Oo, Oo-Oo-Oo-Oo
And I hear your twittering echo so dear
Oo-Oo-Oo-Oo, Oo-Oo-Oo-Oo
Then I will read our love has become true
You'll have texted me and I'll have texted you

Jan. 19 2011 10:12 AM
Ameen Shareef from Detroit

Is being "broke" in China like being "broke" in America? If you can't afford it in US you don't get it. You can serve 30 years for crimes you didn't commit cause can't afford good legal consul. It ain't all wonderful here.

Jan. 19 2011 10:01 AM

#1. I live in China and have lived here since 2000.
#2. Beijing and Shanghai are not accurate pictures of China any more than Washington DC and New York are an accurate picture of America. They are the cities where the games are paid. Going there is like going to a foreign country. The rest of the country is where the people live and work.
#3. I own a business here in Yantai China. The bureaucracy is different flavor, but just as arbitrary and sometimes capricious as those encountered during my business activities in the US. Corruption and "unfair competition" are not that much different except that they occur in different places and according to different cultural rules.
#4 If a few more of us take the time to learn about some other culture than our own (some of us could spend a little more time learning our own . . "that's not in the constitution") just maybe we'd spend less time worrying less about losing some competition and spend more effort on understanding ourselves and our fellow earth inhabitants.
#5 I have met a huge number of warm and helpful folks. I have also met just enough jerks and inconsiderate individuals to remind me that this society is no different from my home country. Basically, the people I meet work as hard as they can or as they must to get ahead, they worry about whether their kids can survive in Chinese society and in the new world society, and in general to survive. There are poor people, moderately well off people and some incredibly rich people.
(oh yes we talked some time ago about the Car Czar job)
Charlie George

Jan. 19 2011 08:33 AM

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