Slate political reporter and MSNBC contributor Dave Weigel and It's A Free Country blogger Dorian Davis discuss Mitt Romney's position on the situation with the Chinese dissident--and the candidate's relationship with social conservatives following the resignation of a gay aide, Richard Grenell. Read Davis' latest post on the topic here.
As Chinese Vice President, Xi Jinping visits the US this week, Stephen Orlins, president of the National Committee on United States - China Relations, discusses how the Obama administration and election year politics are affecting ties between the US and China.
Forty years ago this week, President Nixon sent Henry Kissinger, former U.S. Secretary of State and National Security Adviser, on the first of two secret trips to China to re-establish contact. Kissinger is now most recently the author of On China and discusses his new book examining Chinese foreign policy.
With the arrival of Chinese President Hu Jintao in Washington this week, it's time to catch up with the world's most ascendant superpower. By "catch up," we don't mean economically—although that's a huge cause for concern in America. For now, we'd do well to refresh ourselves, looking at the reasons our relationship with China is tense, how the country has navigated the global economic crisis (and continued to grow), and what's at stake if the two biggest kids in the sandbox can't get along.