President Clinton leaves for China on 24 June. Because this is the first Presidential trip to China this decade there has been the predictable surge in editorials and features on China in the mainstream press and a dramatic increase in the number of conferences, meetings and roundtables at all the major think-tanks. Under any circumstances the visit would be cause for increased stirring in the policy community. With the backdrop of the Loral satellite launching waiver flap and Congressional hearings that question virtually every aspect of the Administration’s China policy, one is left with the impression that domestically the Administration has lost control of China policy.
PacNet #25 – Engaging China: The Clinton Visit
June 19, 1998