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A new era of pantsuit diplomacy?

Foreign ministry spokesperson: “The discussion was constructive. We've agreed a formula where she doesn't berate us about human rights until the US economy recovers...”

She spoke of buying US bonds and the challenges of climate change. Hillary Clinton arrived for her first official visit to Beijing last weekend and sought to forge a “new era” of cooperation between the world’s current superpower, and its largest emerging one. Some commentators remember her feisty criticism of China when she was America’s first lady, particularly comments in 1995 on women’s rights. They wondered whether on this occasion the new American secretary of state’s tone would be less combative. It was. Since becoming a senator, and the donning of any number of pantsuits in her (failed) road to the presidency, Clinton’s views have gained in realpolitik. On this trip her more pragmatic tone greatly pleased the Chinese leadership.


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