America’s great gamble on China

America’s leaders have long hoped that a vibrant and wealthy Chinese middle class will foment change in China, but so far the country’s preference for authoritarian capitalism has endured.

President Obama arrived in Beijing Monday to participate in this week’s meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. He will have talks with China’s president Xi Jinping on the fringes of that forum this week.

It has been almost 18 months since the two men last met, a quite tumultuous period for both at home and a somewhat fractious one in terms of US-Sino relations.

18 months is a long time


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