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robert237 Post time: 2013-6-10 12:08
And in today's news, Japan has sent some of its troops to the USA for military training in San Die ...
Although the general feeling of the Chinese government is that the Xi-Obama summit was a success, there remain a number of contextual inconsistencies that raise doubts about the reality of the camaraderie.
At the start, the first dissonant note was the absence of the wife of Obama to play host to the wife of Xi, as is common diplomatic practice. Reportedly, the Chinese side had been informed at the beginning of the negotiations for the summit that Michelle would not be available, but then, why would some Chinese officials express dismay on hearing it announced? After the visit, there are rumors that Mrs. Obama sent Mrs. Xi a letter apologizing for her absence, and hinting that she would not mind being China's guest some time in the future. Whatever happened is probably going to be hard to explain from a national, international, perspective. Almost sounded like she had an argument with her husband, which spilled over into this event. But that is just a guess.
Then comes the strange story that immediately after the summit, Obama stayed at Sunnyland to play golf for the remainder of the weekend, including Saturday afternoon, and Sunday, that mirrored Xi's visit, which reduces the weightiness of his visit to being no greater than that of Obama's golf buddies playing golf with him for 2 days also. Would it not be more reasonable for Xi and Obama to be discussing the major issues bedeviling both countries for just another day, to Sunday, given how important those issues are, how important Xi is in China, and how convenient it would have been to simply go into these issues in greater depth?
These two contextual coincidences can be interpreted psychologically to imply that the Chinese First Lady is not really important compared to her counterpart, that the time of the Chinese President is not more important compared to Obama's golfing buddies, and now, the Japanese training exercise in San Diego, seems to cap it all with an inference that China's friendship is not as important as Japan's friendship. But are these inferences true? Of course not. They cannot be more true than a statement which says, "Every turn is either right or left." But the context in which such a question is raised cannot be easily explained as a pure coincidence.
It could have been a psychological experiment to understand how Xi and Peng react to stress, to friendship, to leisure, to demands, to insults, and to apologies, not just verbally, but in their body language, and in their altered reaction to the world in general. Makes it a lot easier to read them like a book in times of crisis, or even in times of relative peace, to make sure they are not cooking up a surprise.
If there is anyone crying in the midst of all the celebrations, it has to be Mrs. Xi, for obvious reasons. Her total disappearance from view reflects the degree of trauma she must have suffered psychologically. It might never be healed, and could affect her relationship with her husband too.
Thus, when you add all the pluses and minuses together, you might actually get a negative sum, or a zero.
This is why the final interpretation of the summit as a success or as a failure depends on the litmus test of Diaoyudao, which is a fact that any friend would readily acknowledge, not as a favor, but as a basic element of being a friend, i.e., being honest, which friends owe to one another, as a moral duty, not as a favor to the other side. If China gets no deserved respect of her sovereignty over Diaoyudao, then, sadly, one must conclude the summit achieved little if anything at all. Just as history is the best mirror to guide the present and future, reality is the best mirror of all feelings happy and sad.