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PacNet #44 – China: Odd Man Out in the Evolving New World Order?

China seems very pleased with the outcome of the George W. Bush-Jiang Zemin summit meeting in Shanghai on Oct. 19 along the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting. This was not because a great deal was accomplished, but because of Jiang’s extremely modest definition of what constituted a "successful" meeting. All Beijing apparently sought was a photo opportunity and a new slogan. Success was achieved on both accounts, with the Chinese press touting the willingness by both sides to seek a new "constructive relationship of cooperation."