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01-24-2006, 11:04 AM
Chinese President Plans U.S. Visit

Associated Press writer

January 24, 2006, 10:16 AM EST

BEIJING -- Chinese President Hu Jintao will make his first official visit to Washington in April and his premier told a visiting U.S. official that Beijing wanted to improve communication with Washington.

Visiting Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick and the Chinese Foreign Ministry both confirmed Hu's upcoming trip to the U.S., which comes at a time of tensions between the two countries over trade, China's military buildup and its human rights record.

Hu's visit "will be a big event for the two countries and will be very important to furthering the strategic partnership between China and the U.S.," Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan said at a briefing. No details on Hu's itinerary were released.

Hu has not made an official visit to the United States since he became president in 2003. Hu had planned a visit in September but postponed it after Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast.

At the time, he did have a private meeting with President Bush in New York, where they both attended ceremonies marking the 60th anniversary of the United Nations. Bush visited Hu in Beijing in November.

Zoellick arrived in Beijing late Monday and met Premier Wen Jiabao in Beijing on Tuesday.

"We hope to improve the bilateral strategic dialogue in order to further improve mutual understanding and mutual trust," Wen told Zoellick.

Zoellick told reporters he had touched on a broad range of bilateral and international issues with Chinese officials including "economics, security, reform issues and openness in China." He stressed China's role as a "stakeholder" in the new economy and global community.

He also held meetings with Chinese and American non-governmental groups working on developing the rule of law in China, he said without elaborating.

Washington's relationship with China has been strained by concerns over Beijing's growing military prowess, limits on political and religious freedoms in the country, and China's growing trade surplus with the United States.

Zoellick also met Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing and Deputy Foreign Minister Dai Bingguo during his one-day stay in the capital.

Last month, Zoellick met with Dai in Washington to discuss issues that included trade, North Korea's nuclear program, bird flu and Taiwan.

Both sides concluded after two days of talks that while they do not always follow the same policies, they can cooperate on policy goals important to both countries.

During their meeting Tuesday, Dai and Zoellick agreed the relationship was making steady progress, the official Xinhua News Agency reported, citing Chinese officials privy to the talks.

During a meeting with the foreign minister, Zoellick wished his Chinese hosts a happy New Year, and spent several amiable minutes with Li discussing the merits of being born in the Year of the Dog, which begins Jan. 29.

Zoellick will also travel Wednesday to the southwestern city of Chengdu, where he will visit a panda research center and talk to officials.

He leaves China on Wednesday for Switzerland, where he will attend the World Economic Forum in Davos

tell him he's not welcome here!.........end of story:rant:

Workin' 4 Toys
01-24-2006, 11:25 AM
Speaking of bad news in the world.

I hear the plan for US citizens is for a government issue tatoo or "chip" on the body so we can go to a "cashless" society.
They'll sell it as if it is "to protect the children".............

01-24-2006, 11:33 AM
Speaking of bad news in the world.

I hear the plan for US citizens is for a government issue tatoo or "chip" on the body so we can go to a "cashless" society.
They'll sell it as if it is "to protect the children".............

Since the Bush administration is going to make all Americans go to church in the not so distant future, that'll fit right in:rolleyes:

Workin' 4 Toys
01-24-2006, 11:35 AM
Maybe SIR hillary will tell us what CHURCH!!!, "it takes a village"............ She tells me.......

01-24-2006, 05:27 PM
Adult Diaper Sales Soar in China

By Associated Press

January 24, 2006, 4:51 PM EST

SHANGHAI, China -- Alongside food and fire crackers, Chinese are adding a new item to their lunar New Year shopping: Adult diapers. Sales have soared ahead of the holiday as travelers prepare for long trips home aboard trains so crowded that even the toilets are jammed with people, newspapers said Tuesday.

In Foshan, a southern industrial city with a large migrant population, supermarkets report diaper sales have risen 50 percent since the main travel season began on Jan. 14, the papers said.

The problem arises from the need to sell twice as many tickets as there are train seats to accommodate the crush of travelers. Those without seats must find some place -- any place -- to put themselves, including in overhead racks, between cars, and in the usually stinking toilets.

Just purchasing a ticket can mean lining up for hours.

Chinese will this year make around 2 billion plane, train, ship and automobile journeys during the 40 days around the holiday, which this year falls on Jan. 29. Trains carry around 4 million people per day over the period.

"The deep seated concept of a reunion with families ... prompts people to repeat the journeys, even though they know clearly how difficult the journeys are," psychologist Pan Hong was quoted as telling China Daily