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China State Visit Jan. 19: The Run Up. Obama to host state dinner

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below, from the White House...

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 7, 2011


Guidance on Events leading into the China State Visit

In advance of President Hu's state visit to Washington on January 19, several senior members of the Obama Administration will be addressing different aspects of our relationship with China.

This weekend, Secretary Gates will travel to China to advance military-to-military ties between our two countries. After he travels to China, Secretary Gates will also be making stops in Japan and the Republic of Korea.

On Wednesday the 12th, Secretary Geithner will delivers remarks at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he will discuss our economic relationship with China, including our efforts to create balanced and sustainable global growth that supports jobs and opportunity for the American people.

On Thursday the 13th, Secretary Locke will be speaking to the U.S. - China Business Council, where he will discuss how leveling the playing field for U.S. businesses in the Chinese market will help spur global innovation and create jobs in America.

On Friday the 14th, Secretary Clinton will deliver a major address at the State Department that presents our broad vision of U.S. - China relations in the 21st century, including our efforts to make progress on a range of bilateral, regional and global issues.

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An America Lost in Squanderville

The United States’ trade gap is the proverbial “leak-in the-dike” with its de-simulative effect on our recovery. In November 2003, Warren Buffett in his Fortune, Squanderville versus Thriftville article recommended that America adopt a balanced trade model. The fact that advice advocating balance and sustainability, from a sage the caliber of Warren Buffett, could be virtually ignored for over seven years is unfathomable. Media coverage that China has kept it currency undervalued is a gross understatement, it has actually been keeping the U.S. dollar over-valued; which adversely affects all our trade with all our trading partners, not just trade with China. Until action is taken on Buffett’s or a similar balanced trade model, by the powers that be, America will continue to squander time, treasure and talent in pursuit of an illusionary recovery.

Anyone who cares about honoring our war dead and bringing solace to their families by returning their remains should vehemently protest Chinese President Hu's upcoming state visit to the US. Due to pressure from his government, the US and Indian Governments were forced to cancel the only US MIA remains recovery operation in India scheduled for 2010. The location of this operation is a US Army Air Force B-24 crash site in the Northeast Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, which borders on China and which China has been claiming as its own. Notwithstanding the fact that the Singh Government and the Obama Administration (in the person of Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michelle Flournoy) have displayed amazing timidity by kowtowing to this Chinese pressure, the Chinese Government's attitude toward this purely humanitarian operation is hardly conducive to fostering amicable relations between China and the United States.



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