Ron Brown's `Lovefest' In Beijing

They came. They schmoozed. They cut deals. With 24 American CEOs in tow, Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown made billions worth of rain for U.S. companies on his August China trip. Chinese officials, grateful for his backslapping "commercial diplomacy," responded by agreeing to resume human rights talks. Brown's visit, the first since President Clinton renewed China's most-favored-nation trade status in June, contrasts with the disastrous trip in March by Secretary of State Warren M. Christopher. This time, says a U.S. official, the meetings were a "lovefest."

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