Sunday, September 5, 2010

Summers' tough words for China

9/5/10 2:00 PM EDT Updated: 9/5/10 2:22 PM EDT

National Economic Council Director Larry Summers’ trip this weekend to China for a series of high-level meetings is a rare opportunity for the Obama administration to deliver a potent message to the Chinese government.

The message: Domestic patience with China is running out. The messenger: Summers, an unlikely diplomat by most accounts, whose brusque personality and communication style may be just what the White House needs to inject a sense of urgency into the tense negotiations.

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