Gary Locke: The New Ambassador-Designate to China

On Wednesday, March 9, 2011, in US Government, by Todd Stein

The White House has announced President Obama’s intention to nominate Gary Locke, currently the Secretary of Commerce, as Ambassador to China. He would replace Jon Huntsman, who is leaving the post and is considering a run in the 2012 Republican primary.

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My Take on Tibet and the Obama-Hu Jintao Summit

On Monday, January 24, 2011, in China, US Government, by Bhuchung K. Tsering

Although as I write this the news cycle seems to have run its course concerning the much-hyped visit to Washington, D.C. by Chinese President Hu Jintao, there is something that needs to be said about how Tibet fits into the picture.

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Obama-Hu Summit: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

On Friday, January 21, 2011, in China, US Government, by Todd Stein

Tibet

Good: when President Obama said: “The United States continues to support further dialogue between the government of China and the representatives of the Dalai Lama to resolve concerns and differences, including the preservation of the religious and cultural identity of the Tibetan people.” A positive affirmation of long-standing U.S. policy that gives support to the Dalai Lama’s efforts, and should encourage other countries to say the same thing, publicly.

Bad: when Obama said: “We, the United States, recognize that Tibet is part of the People s Republic of China…” While this is U.S. policy, it doesn’t need to be repeated and only empowers Beijing to press other countries for such statements absent of key language on the dialogue (as above).

Ugly: when President Hu said: “China is willing to engage in dialogue and exchanges with the United States on the basis of mutual respect and the principle of non-interference in each other’s internal affairs.” This is code for ‘Tibet is ours, stay out,’ belied by the fact that what happens in Tibet could affect millions (as in melting glaciers and their affect on major Asian rivers and those downstream).

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Obama-Hu Summit Info Dump

On Friday, January 21, 2011, in China, US Government, by Todd Stein

Officials’ statements, ICT activities and press coverage:

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