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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Hillary Clinton arrives in China to stinging personal attacks in state media

Personal and stinging attacks in the state media heralded the US secretary of state's arrival in Beijing. "Many people in China dislike Hillary Clinton," said an editorial in the state-run Global Times. "She has brought new and extremely profound mutual distrust between the mainstream societies of the two countries." Such stringent remarks were extremely unusual on the eve of a visit by a US secretary of state, noted Shi Yinhong, an expert on the bilateral relationship.

While Clinton's press conference with Chinese foreign minister Yang Jiechi was more civil, it suggested no sign of movement on key issues. The two countries remain at an impasse over Syria and tension persists over the complicated and long-running territorial wrangle in the South China Sea, involving China and numerous other regional powers.

Both sides – but particularly the US – were likely to have sought discussion on the intensifying Sino-Japanese row over the Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea, added Shi, who is director of the Centre for American Studies at Renmin University. He added: "In the past, when the relationship has not been good, they have tried to improve the atmosphere. But even the appearance has not been remarkably improved, let alone the substance." Read More