Beijing's dangerous rebuff to Obama

His meeting with Barack Obama shows China's next president will be tougher, more nationalist and closer to the military than Hu Jintao. Managing the most important relationship of the 21st century is unlikely to get any easier.

When Xi Jinping tipped up at the White House recently Barack Obama made a proposal. The president said they both had an interest in setting up a serious dialogue between the US and Chinese armed forces. Xi, who expects to be China’s president by this time next year, did not take long to think about the idea. His response was blunt: No.

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