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PacNet #16 – A Return of Chinese Pragmatism

China announced on April 1 that President Hu Jintao will attend a summit on nuclear security in the United States this month, signaling the return of pragmatism in the handling of China’s ties with the US. As a result, the strained relations between Beijing and Washington, caused by China’s furious reaction to the Obama administration’s decision to sell arms to Taiwan and to meet with the Dalai Lama in January 2010, and fueled by the US rebuke of Beijing as an alleged “unfair currency manipulator,” will be easing quickly.