This was originally published on ChinaSolved.com in November, 2009:
Obama’s rolling into town in a few days. He’ll have with him an entourage, a few gifts and a burning need to transact. Like most visiting American representatives he wants to drop by, do his business and then get on with his life. What does China want? Beyond the treaties and the high-level discussions on military cooperation and currency, China wants something deeper and more meaningful. China, like so many geo-political actors who came before, wants The Relationship.