PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC

In China, Obama Steps Gingerly

In his first visit to China, President Obama has made sure to not make waves with the Chinese leadership and the country's obfuscating ways. Could it be a sign that the two countries recognize they are now closer than ever before to standing on equal ground? As America's economic influence has weakened, China's has risen, and so has its swagger. History shows that past U.S. presidents have confronted the country on issues such as human rights, whereas Obama has notably skirted the issue for his entire trip. The Obama administration also didn't make time to meet with Chinese activists and lawyers, though such meetings were requested. The administration has denied that any political agendas were reason for the brushoff.