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Geithner may discuss Iran sanctions on Beijing trip (3)

By Zhang Yuwei and Li Lianxing  (China Daily)

09:31, January 06, 2012

The meeting comes at a critical time because both the US Republican and Democratic parties have sent out signals of concern about China, said Yukon Huang, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a foreign policy think tank in Washington.

"They (the Republicans and Democrats) are worrying that China has not been playing transparently in terms of trade and labor relations," Huang said.

There could be some "potential tension that both sides have to manage carefully", said Huang, a former country director for the World Bank in China.

Geithner's visit to Beijing comes ahead of Xi's visit to Washington, due to take place in February.

"Geithner has to figure out which messages can be mutually tolerable for both sides that will make it a success," said Huang.

A statement from the US Treasury Department said Geithner will "discuss the state of the global economy, policies to strengthen global growth and other economic issues of mutual importance".

Fan from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences said it is natural for Geithner to visit China at such a time as Obama's successful re-election strongly relies on his economic policies.

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helen at 2012-01-06203.82.90.*
If Beijing follows suit, then the United States would have successfully alienated China from another friend. This would prove that China could not be a reliable friend in times of adversity and need and would be mistrusted by every nation on earth!This all depends on whether the Qing Dynasty court is still running the leadership in Beijing?

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