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China kinder to Obama than Bush?


How does one measure how U.S. President Barack Obama was received by the Chinese government?

I like to read the tea leaves and decided one measure might be to compare the reception Obama got in comparison with that given his predecessors.

For me, an indication is the most senior Chinese official greeting an American president at the airport.

Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping was the first Chinese leader Obama met in Beijing when Air Force One touched down on Monday. Xi had rushed back on the same day to the Chinese capital from the northern province of Shaanxi, where he was on an inspection tour.

U.S. expats discuss Obama’s visit over a beer


Beijing’s local Americans believe Obama can maintain his popularity with the Chinese public just as long as he focuses on their main interests - trade relations and the fate of the huge Chinese holdings of U.S. government debt.

Tim’s Texas BBQ restaurant offers Beijing’s several thousand expat Americans grilled ribs, beer and live TV coverage of the President’s visit to China, from  November 15 to 18.  Chinese President Hu Jintao and American President Barack Obama are expected to discuss a wide range of issues from trade to currency imbalance and climate change to human rights.

Hair, wax Obama models


U.S. President Barack Obama’s first state visit to China has sparked a creative urge among Chinese sculptors to produce models of him, ranging from  traditional sculptures to some truly unique designs.

(Hairdresser Huang Xin and waxwork sculptor Er Baorui)



Video Credit: Christina Hu and Anita Li

Freudian Slip?


U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk had an amusing slip of the tongue during remarks to U.S. businessmen in Beijing on Monday, ahead of the arrival of his boss, President Barack Obama.
Talking about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Kirk referred to her instead as “President Clinton”.
Click on the video to see his good-humored comeback from what he called his YouTube moment.

A snowy message to Obama.



A wintery climate change warning from Beijing’s Great Wall – and a snowy hike for those involved.





This chilly climate change message led Beijing Oxfam volunteers, organisers and journalists on a long hike along a deserted and slippery Great Wall and across fields before finally setting up for a photoshoot which would send an unexpectedly snowy climate message to U.S. President Barack Obama.

China gets creative with Obamania


Obama marketing Hits China

 Obama mania takes hold of Beijing ahead of the U.S. President’s first state visit to China from November 15 to November 18.

Chinese artist Liu Bolin, a boutique clothes designer and even a hairdresser are all taking Barack Obama as their muse in bizarre and unique ways.

Tradition and tea


An evening’s entertainment in traditional Chinese style.

Sichuan face-changing dances and teacup musicians keep the ancient Chinese arts alive in the famous Lao She Teahouse at the centre of Beijing.

Quiz time for Obama in China


[A volunteer on the outskirts of Beijing in a campaign urging Obama to honour promises and ensure the U.S. plays a key role in climate change negotiations. Pic by Jason Lee.] 

U.S. President Barack Obama hopes to win over a sometimes wary Chinese public at a “townhall” meeting in Shanghai on Monday, inviting questions from young people and also — the White House hopes — reaching out across the Internet to the country’s some 300 million Internet users.
But Obama better prepare for some combative, and outright odd, quizzing, to judge from Chinese Internet web sites that have begun inviting people to suggest questions to lob at Obama.

Reuters reporter catches a ride with F1 champ Button



Beijing based Reuters Sports Reporter Nick Mulvenney gets the ride of a lifetime in the passenger seat of F1 Champion Jenson Button’s race car, for a whirlwind tour inside Beijing’s iconic Bird’s Nest stadium. 

Video credit: Kitty Bu and Wang Shubing

from Global Investing:

Competition for rare earth metals

China’s dominant position in the arena of rare earth metals used in new technology such as batteries for hybrid cars and magnetic motors could be eroded by an Australian listed company – Greenland Mineral and Energy. The company is planning to list in London next year, pending the resolution of a couple of issues.

Greenland Minerals and Energy thinks it probably has access to the world's largest depositis of rare earth metals and uranium -- used to make nuclear energy.