As China and the US emerge from a year of diplomatic spats, Beijing appears more optimistic than Washington on what can come out of President Hu Jintao's visit to the White House this week.
Despite investing billions of dollars to create world-class seats of learning, China lags in a new list of Asia’s top colleges. Its highest-ranked Peking University came in 12th, down two spots from last year.
Chinese authorities have seized on the Shanghai Expo 2010 – the largest in history – as another chance to enhance 'soft power' that is generated by the spread of cultures, values, diplomacy, and trade. The expo opens this weekend.
Obama’s first visit to China will test that nation’s readiness to look outward – and past disagreements.
The success of the Olympics is expected to help China’s leaders and people trust the rest of the world more readily, and tone down an often aggrieved nationalism.