Hu Jintao gets a frosty reception

The Chinese president, Hu Jintao, was given a chilly reception in Congress, where both Republicans and Democrats were outspoken on China's human rights record and what they claim are Beijing's unfair trading practices.
HT Image
HT Image
Updated on Jan 22, 2011 12:51 AM IST
Copy Link
ByEwen MacAskill and Tania Branigan, Washington/ Beijing

The Chinese president, Hu Jintao, was given a chilly reception in Congress, where both Republicans and Democrats were outspoken on China's human rights record and what they claim are Beijing's unfair trading practices.

Members of the House said afterwards that there had not been enough time to air their complaints as Hu only took two questions before going on to hold a separate meeting with senior senators.

Hu met John Boehner, the house speaker, and the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, both of whom shunned invitations to the state dinner for the Chinese leader on last night.

The Republican leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, also turned down the invitation.

The only member of the congressional "big four" to attend the dinner was the Democratic house leader, Nancy Pelosi.

The hostile reception on Capitol Hill contrasts with Hu's day with Barack Obama on Thursday, when the US president pushed him over human rights but otherwise put the stress on common ground.China's state TV media lapped up the pomp of the visit but largely avoided mention of the part of the Obama-Hu press conference when the Chinese president was pressed on human rights.

Reid, the most powerful Democrat in Congress, called Hu a dictator in an interview on Tuesday night, but made a half-hearted retraction the next day: "Maybe I shouldn't have said 'dictator', but they have a different type of government than we have — and that is an understatement."

Close Story

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • China also slammed the Artemis Accord, calling it US effort to create a NATO in outer space.

    China accuses NASA chief of 'lying through his teeth' as race to Moon get heated

    The competition between the US and China to explore outer space turned prickly after Chinese diplomats blasted the head of NASA and encouraged neighboring countries to support Beijing's plan for exploring the moon. China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Zhao Lijian on Monday accused NASA Administrator Bill Nelson of lying “through his teeth” in response to reported comments in a German tabloid about the space competition between the two countries.

  • Officers gather at the scene of the Fourth of July parade shooting in Highland Park, Illinois. 

    Video captures horrific July 4 US parade mass shooting in Chicago suburb

    It was a morning of celebration for a Chicago suburb when suddenly dozens of bullets were fired, followed by a pandemonium and chaos in the streets amid screams. Shocking visuals and videos have emerged on social media. One of the clips, which is particularly disturbing, captures the moment when the attacker opened fire from a rooftop. Another video caught the confusion among onlookers. One man is accompanied by a toddler.

  • The motive of shooting is yet to be established by the investigating officers.

    Who is Robert Crimo? What we know about US parade shooting suspect | 5 points

    The US law enforcement agencies on Tuesday announced they had captured a suspect named Robert Crimo in a shooting on Monday that killed six people and wounded more than 36 at a Fourth of July parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park. Those wounded ranged between the ages of 8 to 85. Who is Robert Crimo - person of interest in Highland Park shooting 1.

  • Law enforcement search after a mass shooting at the Highland Park Fourth of July parade in downtown Highland Park, Ill., Monday, July 4, 2022. A gunman on a rooftop opened fire on an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago on Monday. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    In July 4 US parade shooting, suspect held hours after 6 killed, dozens injured

    Robert E Crimo III, a person of interest linked to a shooting in the United States that killed six people and wounded more than 36, has been held. This is the latest incident of gun violence rearing its ugly head in the country. Here are top updates on the latest shooting incident in the US: 1. In his first reaction, hours after the shooting, US president Joe Biden said he was shocked.

  • China scrambles to contain fresh Covid outbreak

    China scrambles to contain fresh Covid outbreak

    A county in China's eastern Anhui province is carrying out daily nucleic acid tests on 763,000 locked down residents while mass tests have been ordered for other areas, as authorities scramble to contain a fresh surge in Covid-19 cases in the country. For China, it will have to be a pragmatic balance between its avowed zero-Covid strategy - marked by lockdowns, large-scale testing campaigns and strict isolation protocols - and allowing normal economic activity.

Story Saved
Saved Articles
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Tuesday, July 05, 2022