Hu comes to the U.S. with a pre-approved script

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“For us, China’s decision-making on North Korea was always a black box. There was the party, the Foreign Ministry and the military,” recalled Victor Cha, who served as a Korea expert on the National Security Council in the Bush administration and traveled to Beijing for now-suspended six-party talks on Pyongyang’s nuclear program. Chinese diplomats “are the ones that show up at the table, but I don’t think they steer overall policy.”


The same could be said for Hu in Washington. Make no mistake, any position he takes, any messages he delivers, any concessions he grants have been discussed and vetted before he got on the plane. This is a stark contrast with U.S. foreign policy, where the President makes the deal, then comes back to Congress for approval.

About David Wolf

An adviser to corporations and organizations on strategy, communications, and public affairs, David Wolf has been working and living in Beijing since 1995, and now divides his time between China and California. He also serves as a policy and industry analyst focused on innovative and creative industries, a futurist, and an amateur historian.
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