Chinese Leader's US Visit -- What's at Stake

“Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to the United States beginning on Jan. 19 has the potential to be a critical turning point in the U.S.-China relationship,” says Asia Society Executive Vice President Jamie Metzl. “With divisions between the two countries widening over issues including nuclear proliferation, sovereignty and navigation rights in the South and East China Seas, human rights, global climate change, intellectual property protection, debt, and currency valuation, major questions are being raised regarding whether the U.S. and China will be able to work together to address the twenty-first century’s most pressing challenges, or whether poor relations between the two countries will lead to the slow unraveling of the international system that has maintained global security and stability since the end of the Second World War. By most accounts, President Obama’s 2009 visit to China was a dismal failure. President Hu will need far more than photo ops the play his part in getting US-China back on track.”

Jamie is in New York. To arrange an interview, contact the Asia Society communications department at 212-327-9271 or