The forum on "China-US
Trade, Diplomacy, and Research" is a
joint affair by Texas A&M University, Peking
University, and a host of American and Chinese
corporate giants, particularly oil and gas companies.
But the creator of the forum and its real backer
is George Herbert Walker Bush.
According to the elder Bush, perhaps America's
greatest living "China Hand," the USA
- China relationship is
the most important and must be got right for
future peace and prosperity.
The forum is set amid a flurry of activity in
advance of President Bush's three day summit with
Chinese President Hu Jintao beginning November
19, including visits from Republican state governors
Schwarzenegger of California and Minnesota's
Opinion is mixed on the importance of the Beijing
visit and whether it is just time away from the
political setbacks suffered by the Bush administration
and his party in Washington, DC, and in recent
Veteran China reporter Franz
Schurmann sees the attention to Beijing as evidence
of a new global order, a successor to the
old USA-USSR dichotomy during the Cold War.
If Schurmann is right it will take more than
elite forums held every two years (with little
to no coverage in USA media) to explain it to
the American people.
©2005 Ben Calmes for Sinomania!