Thursday, May 11, 2006

Where's the Anger?

You'd think that a president flat on his back in the polls would find time for some righteous panda-baiting.

But in two cases--Chen Shuibian's hegirah of humiliation and the most recent round of jawboning on the RMB--Washington has passed on two chances for some feel-good, base-pleasing, high-profile China-bashing.

It is interesting to speculate what foreign policy objective compels President Bush forgo the pleasure of whacking the panda across the snout, at least rhetorically, after his antics during Hu Jintao's visit and the largely successful effort to steal Hu's thunder in Africa with the Darfur peace settlement.

It is difficult to believe that Washington's restraint is reward for expected Chinese cooperation on Iran at the UN. But what else could it be?


ChinaLawBlog said...

Call me naive, but I think Bush is one of the least political U.S. presidents ever. I am stating this as neither a compliment nor a criticism, just a fact. I am convinced Bush truly does pretty much ignore the polls and I certainly think he did the right thing on the currency.

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