President Obama’s itinerary has just been released, with a little under a week before his first visit to the mainland. And the best part? He’s going to start his tour in Shanghai!
From Foreign Policy:
Obama will start the day meeting with Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng. After that, he will have a dialogue with Chinese youth and then will travel to Beijing to have dinner with Chinese president Hu Jintao. “We’ve have a smooth transition in the U.S.-China relationship… the relationship is off to a good start,” said Bader. Issues that will get the most attention are North Korea, Iran, climate change, human rights, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. “Clean energy is something where we expect to have some accomplishments to show,” Bader said.
Obama will not stop by the sight of the Shanghai Expo 2010 and no comment on whether Obama will visit his half-brother Mark Okoth Obama Ndesandjo, who lives there.
And just in time for Obama’s visit, Netease has a lovely opinion piece on the shortcomings of the American President. The article criticizes his recently awarded Nobel Peace Prize, his political background, policy views towards China, his message of political change, and apparent contribution to racial antagonism in the states. Our favorite quote: “Obama’s election is America’s historic reparation of sorts for slavery, but it is ridiculous because Obama is not a standard African American, the blood that flows in his veins isn’t the blood of slaves.” So, if we’re to understand it correctly, it’s Obama’s fault that his race generates racial antagonism?
In any case, we’re certainly curious as to whether the President will meet with his half-brother, Mark Okoth Obama Ndesandjo: we wonder if he’s read his book?
Photo from Netease