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U.S.-China: Let the love-fest begin

January 19, 2011 | 12:40 pm

 

Maybe the meeting between President Obama and President Hu Jintao of China wasn't a big show after all, as suggested by China Daily columnist Huang Hung, who said this event seemed like a PR stunt to boost Hu's image as a leader. In a news conference Wednesday, the two leaders promised to cooperate on hot-topic issues including trade, business and human rights, which is just what the New York Times, the Washington Post and a slew of other publications hoped for. That's good news, says the Chicago Tribune, because both countries need each other right now.

And with that, it's time to get over our paranoia over China, which Jonah Goldberg wrote about in Tuesday's column, and let the hard work begin. One place to start, writes Kenneth Lieberthal, who is director of the John L. Thornton China Center and a senior fellow in the foreign policy and the global economy and development programs at the Brookings Institution, is clean energy. From his Op-Ed Mending Fences:

One area -- cooperation on development and deployment of clean energy technologies -- holds particular promise. This is a global growth area, and the two nations' capabilities are now relatively complementary. Together we can produce innovative technologies and scale them up far more rapidly and inexpensively than either side can alone. This requires carefully structured deals, but it holds out the potential of investment and job creation in both directions, substantial new sources of profit, enhanced trust based on mutual interests and significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

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-- Alexandra Le Tellier

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