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The Seinfeld Summit

What didn't happen when Bush met Hu.

May 1, 2006, Vol. 11, No. 31 • By DAN BLUMENTHAL
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So why was the Bush-Hu meeting, like a Seinfeld episode, a "summit about nothing"? It could well be that China has no interest in becoming a "responsible stakeholder," and President Bush knows this. After all, if the United States and Europe are prepared to play bad cop on Iran, Beijing has every incentive to play good cop--far better to enjoy the fruits of those energy deals without angering the mullahs. It is up to Washington and its allies to create incentives for Beijing to play ball. One way to start is no more "summits about nothing" until China begins acting responsibly.

Dan Blumenthal is a resident fellow in Asian studies at the American Enterprise Institute.