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Perhaps reflective of the unbalanced state of relationship between the two countries, the Beijing memorial conference was a mostly unilateral affair on the Chinese side, with no official counterpart observation in the US. The New York Times buried the story in a report on the conference deep in page A8 of its New York edition. Reflective of the depressed state of international trade, the event was cosponsored by Mary Kay, the US direct sale cosmetics maker active in the emerging Chinese market, with attendees each receiving a pink cosmetics bag filled with promotional samples. General Motor, for whom the China car market was the distressed global automaker’s only profitable operation, who normally would have been an eager sponsor, was notably absent, busy fending off bankruptcy with government aid. Also absent were transnational financial giants, such as GE, Citibank, AIG, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, all mere shadows of their former grandeur, whose luxurious corporate jets would have normally carried their top executives to Beijing in style for events of much less historical and political significance. |
In his speech, Chinese State Counselor Tang J-ia x-uan, former foreign minister, recalled the NATO bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade in 1999 not as evidence of ominous undercurrent, but as proof of how relations between the two countries have survived provocative tension. He also noted some of the still unresolved longstanding obstacles to better relations between the two nations, saying the two sides need to “properly handle issues that concern China’s core interests such as those related to T ai w an and Ti b et so as to safeguard the larger interests of China-U.S. relations”, in contrast to US intransigence on the need for China to adjust its policy on both T ai w an and Ti b et to met US requirements of moral imperialism.
Brzezinski outlined a well-worn laundry list of international problems for which he thinks China could help the US find solutions, such as the global financial crisis, the challenges of climate change, North Korea and Iran nuclear ambitions, India and Pakistan tension and the I sraeli-P alestinian conflict.