Bush Cozies Up to China

Patient president avoids hot-button policy issues, treads lightly on trade deficit
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted May 25, 2007 5:38 AM CDT
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(Newser) – President Bush struck a conciliatory tone in yesterday's congress with Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi, despite thickening indignation over Chinese policies. The Journal reports that the White House meeting tiptoed around China's tolerance of copyright piracy, the export of tainted food products, and Beijing's increasingly worrisome nuclear program.

Instead, the parties agreed to increased air traffic and access to Chinese markets. Bush did push Wu gently to appreciate the yuan, which Congress and Wall Street say could help close the swelling $233 billion US-China trade gap. But some in Congress want speedier action, and are threatening legislation to force economic changes.