Monday, January 26, 2009

Wen and Putin at Davos

Via Aaron Friedberg, I read about the less-than-positive assessments of both the outgoing and incoming U.S. presidents in the Chinese media. What I found interesting was that these themes mirror those that prime minister Putin has been stressing in his speeches over the last several months (and indeed even earlier, to the 2007 Munich security conference).

Both Putin and Wen Jibao are scheduled to make speeches at the World Economic Forum in Davos--where there won't be much official high-level U.S. government representation. Given that the theme is "shaping the post crisis world", I doubt they are that disappointed -- and so it will be interesting to see what their speeches are like.

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