Mrs. Clinton’s Greatest Challenge?

Mrs. Clinton has not yet publicly declared her priorities for China, and she must square her ambitions with those of the Treasury secretary, Timothy F. Geithner, and other senior Obama administration officials, like Carol M. Browner, the White House’s coordinator of energy and climate policy.

But Mrs. Clinton has moved to reclaim the role of the State Department in making China policy after years in which the Treasury, led by Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr., dominated the issue. Mr. Paulson initiated and led the so-called Strategic Economic Dialogue that covered a wide variety of topics but, according to critics, limited American scrutiny of issues like Tibet.

New York Times, Febr. 10 »

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