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Bush: After the Visit

President Bush’s recent visit to China came and went without great excitement. The administration’s increasingly confrontational approach (including pre-visit lectures, delivered while visiting some of China’s neighbours) has developed on the back of a number commercial and political issues such as: the trade deficit; RMB valuation; textiles trade negotiations; intellectual property protection; regional competition for influence; support for “rogue” states; as well as religious freedom and human rights.

However, there was some cause for celebration. Mark Kirk, co-chairman of the House US-China Working Group, reported that many in Congress were pleased about new commitments from China to protect intellectual property rights, and the purchase of US goods (including US$5 billion of Boeing planes).

Hopefully these comments reflect a softening of the anti-free trade stance taken by Congress in relation to China recently.

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Forbes – USA
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US Congressman says Bush visit to China successful [2]
Xinhua – China
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