Why Didn't Obama Push Harder on TV Coverage in Shanghai?
November 28, 2009

Last week I criticized the White House for backing down when the Chinese insisted on limiting coverage of Obama's townhall meeting in Shanghai. I still think the Chinese were bluffing, and that their bluff could have been called without any fallout. But James Fallows actually raised the issue in a conversation with a government official who helped organize the trip, and the official's explanation is worth reading: "We negotiated endlessly against a very difficult Chinese government on the issue. Their intransigence tells me several things.