WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Tuesday a "long
list" of "troublesome issues" will be discussed when Chinese President Hu Jintao
comes here in mid-month for talks with President George W. Bush.
Rice said a a major topic will be how the United States can halt the spread
of nuclear weapons, with particular reference to the situation in Iran.
Her comment appeared to reflect American unhappiness with China's reluctance
to take a strong stand in the U.N. Security Council against Iran's nuclear
Rice commented in response to a question at a hearing of the House
"I hope can have a detailed conversation with President Hu on religious
freedom," Rice said. "I know it's a different system in China, but we have to
stand for religious freedom everywhere."
She also said China should undertake changes to bring U.S.-China trade into
The U.S. deficit with China was $202 billion (euro165.3 billion) last year.
Rice did not specify the type of changes that she believes China should make.
Some critics attribute the deficit to an undervalued Chinese currency and to
subsidies that China purportedly gives to companies to protect them from foreign
Rice said the United States wants a "strong China" but one that is fully
integrated in the international system and "is playing by the rules."
"We have a long list of extremely important issues with China that are
troublesome," Rice said. She said the relationship at the same time has the
potential to "make the world safer."