March 4, 2010 |
Averting a diplomatic disaster, the United States says its trouble-prone pavilion at Expo 2010 should be ready for the opening May 1 of the international fair here. Jose H. Villarreal, a San Antonio lawyer tapped last summer by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to right the troubled project, said Wednesday that all but $8 million of the $61 million needed for the pavilion has now been raised from 34 corporate sponsors. "It would have been unimaginable for the United States to be just about the only country on Earth not to be represented in a global event of this size," said Villarreal, who holds the title of U.S. commissioner general for the expo that is expected to draw 70 million visitors from May to October.
May 29, 2004 |
The walls of Zhongnanhai, China's equivalent of the White House, are high, red and designed to keep prying eyes at bay. More than a year after Hu Jintao was named president and Wen Jiabao premier in modern China's first orderly transfer of power, many are still wondering who's in charge. The short answer, analysts say, is no one -- at least not fully.
November 7, 2002 |
A trio of elderly men stares out from billboards, paintings and statues, as political art across China heralds the upcoming change of leadership. The works depict the three men who, during their combined 53 years of rule over the People's Republic, watched the comings and goings of 11 American administrations.
January 4, 2002 |
The year 2001 ended with the Chinese leadership boasting a banner year of achievements: gaining membership in the World Trade Organization, winning the right to host the 2008 Olympics, qualifying for the World Cup soccer finals, hosting an Asia-Pacific summit. But the year also wrapped up with a series of events illustrating the reasons for China's fears about social instability.
May 12, 1999 |
This is a tale of hotlines. It is the story of how America tried in recent days to solve its deep-rooted problems with China through a phone call--and discovered that modern communications don't necessarily mean you can make any connection in Beijing. Less than two years ago, President Clinton and Chinese President Jiang Zemin stood side by side at their Washington summit meeting and announced that they had agreed to set up a presidential hotline.
October 1, 1991 |
Former Ambassador to China James R. Lilley had only a few months outside the Bush Administration to say what he really thought, and he grabbed the opportunity. Lilley stepped down as President Bush's envoy to Beijing in May and became, at least briefly, a private citizen. Two months later, in a speech at Penn State University, he issued a blistering denunciation of the Chinese leadership with whom he had been doing business for the previous two years.