China propels Xi into Obama summit: What do you want the 2 leaders to discuss about?

By Kelly Olsen | AFP News, Smiling benignly as he strolls among schoolchildren or nods to sailors on the deck of a warship, President Xi Jinping epitomises China's new-found confidence as he heads into his first summit with Barack Obama. The US president leads the only country that outshines China in... show more By Kelly Olsen | AFP News,

Smiling benignly as he strolls among schoolchildren or nods to sailors on the deck of a warship, President Xi Jinping epitomises China's new-found confidence as he heads into his first summit with Barack Obama.

The US president leads the only country that outshines China in global power and influence, and which Beijing clearly sees as its single most important relationship -- and major rival.

Under Xi, China is becoming increasingly assertive in territorial disputes with key US ally Japan and other neighbours, while not shying away from rows over trade and other issues, among them cyber-espionage.

The leaders, who command the world's two biggest armed forces and its two largest economies, meet Friday and Saturday in the United States in what White House officials hope will kindle a personal rapport.

Though they might seem at first glance to come from completely different worlds, some analysts see common threads in their life experiences as a basis to connect.

Willy Lam, a politics expert at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, described them as both "populist in nature".

Obama defied the historical odds to become America's first black president. Xi suffered hardship during the 1966-1976 Cultural Revolution when his father, a hero of the Chinese revolution, was purged and Xi himself was sent to a rural area to work, as were many educated youths.

"He lived in the countryside, one of the poorest counties in China, so he has this populist appeal to the man on the street and also to the peasants, to members of the lower classes in China," Lam said.

Both men have come a long way and now stand at the apex of global power and prestige.

"The burden of leadership alone may be enough to unite them," said Scott Harold, a China expert at the US-based Rand Corporation think-tank.

But analysts stressed individual understanding would always be trumped by national interests when it comes to diplomatic relationships.

Xi's signature slogan is the "Chinese Dream" and he has referred to the "great renaissance of the Chinese nation".

He became chief of the ruling Communist Party and head of its powerful Central Military Commission in November, completing the hat-trick of Chinese power in March by becoming state president.

The two days of talks will be their first since then, though they met last year when as vice president, Xi visited Washington and other locales, including a small Iowa town where he stayed briefly in the 1980s on a study tour as a young official.

Steve Tsang, an expert in Chinese politics at Britain's University of Nottingham, cautioned against reading too much pro-US sentiment from Xi's expressions of fondness for the rural Midwest.

"We're talking about somebody who is talking about a 'China Dream' that is going to rival the 'American Dream' but in a different kind of way," he said.

"I think it already demonstrates confidence and on the basis of this confidence a degree of assertiveness that we have not previously seen," he said of Xi's approach to diplomacy so far, expecting him to be a "pretty tough cookie in negotiations with the Americans".

Xi will lead China for a decade, and is already unrivalled at home and in command of foreign policy after a quick consolidation of power, analysts say, even as China's leadership structure remains collectivist in nature.

"He starts out with and has rapidly built a lot more capital as a leader than any previous leader in China since Mao Zedong," said Harold.

"There's no one who's contesting his authority," he added, unlike his predecessors Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin.

Jia Qingguo, a foreign policy expert at Peking University, said Xi had established "credibility and leadership" by moving to address key problems at home and abroad, including corruption and relations with North Korea.

"He's managed to make himself the undisputed leader of China and he has a lot of room for exercising leadership and guidance for this country," Jia said.

Xi -- who will be accompanied by his glamorous wife Peng Liyuan -- has also impressed US officials who have seen him.

"I watched him interact... with Chinese colleagues and American leaders," former secretary of state Hillary Clinton told a US foreign policy group last month, calling Xi "pragmatic" and "much more of a politician" than Hu, who was generally regarded as stiff and uncharismatic.

The venue -- the secluded Annenberg resort in the desert east of Los Angeles -- shows that Xi is ready to face the US w
Update: with far greater confidence than his predecessors, Nottingham's Tsang said.
Update 2: HK People would hope President Obama read the following out to President Xi, CCP is a whole bunch of greedy, ruthless gangsters who do things totally out of their private pockets greed. Similar to Tibetans and Xinjiangers, Hongkongers are increasingly fed up with the loads of ruthless, ill-mannered and greedy... show more HK People would hope President Obama read the following out to President Xi,

CCP is a whole bunch of greedy, ruthless gangsters who do things totally out of their private pockets greed.

Similar to Tibetans and Xinjiangers, Hongkongers are increasingly fed up with the loads of ruthless, ill-mannered and greedy Mainlanders deliberately dumped onto HK by CCP, disrupting peace and cultures there.

Since 1997 HK merging with China, CCP has already dumped 900,000 ruthless and poor Mainland immigrants to HK, many required to pay bribes to CCP officials to immigrate to HK. These people are lazy, uneducated, bad mannerism, don't follow cultures and traditions of HK, and expect HK taxpayers to hand them all the free benefits. Whenever there're disputes between HK and CCP, these Mainlanders would come out to support the corrupted regime. We have one good example on Yahoo Answer, CCP the Lap Dog.

The displease of Hongkongers towards CCP/Mainlanders purposedly diluting HK's cultur
Update 3: diluting HK's cultures and traditions is expressed as follows by bloggers there, 一聽到"中港融合"就扯火。大陸不斷輸入造假文化、沒公德心文化、送禮文化, 選舉舞弊文化、污染香港。 一些獻媚的香港人為做政協人大, 斷送香港幾代人辛苦建立的廉政、 法治、言論自由。 "中港融合"根本是溶掉香港。 Ruthless, greedy, corrupted and abusive Mainlanders should all be expelled out of the city... show more diluting HK's cultures and traditions is expressed as follows by bloggers there,

一聽到"中港融合"就扯火。大陸不斷輸入造假文化、沒公德心文化、送禮文化,
選舉舞弊文化、污染香港。
一些獻媚的香港人為做政協人大,
斷送香港幾代人辛苦建立的廉政、
法治、言論自由。
"中港融合"根本是溶掉香港。

Ruthless, greedy, corrupted and abusive Mainlanders should all be expelled out of the city permanently!

HK's CEO must be selected by ALL real Hongkongers in 2017 to prevent ruthless, corrupted CCP/Mainlanders from further abusing the place.


Another HK blogger,

魯平: 沒有大陸,香港一定完蛋!
市民: 因為大陸,香港更快完蛋!
香港徹底被大陸摧毀,玩X完.. 五毛狗死全家!
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