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Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission Xu Caihou has met with John Hamre, president of a key think tank for Obama administration. The meeting heralds a series of senior exchanges this week between Beijing and Washington that could shed some positive signs for bilateral relations. Full Story>>
For more on the US officials' visit to China, we are joined on the phone by John Holden, former president of the US National Committee on US-China Relations.
1. Good evening Mr. Holden, some analysts say the China-US relationship has seen frictions in recent years because of issues such as US military exercises near China. How do you understand the US' challenges to China? Why at this time, and what is the purpose of the drills?
2. Currently Larry Summers and Tom Donilon, two very important economic and security officials to the Obama administration are visiting China. The Wall Street Journal says their visit aims to ease the tension between the two sides on issues like currency policies and the Iranian nuclear issue. But some US media insists that they will send tough messages to China, and even warnings. What do you think?