A Thaw Doesn't Necessarily Mean Springtime

After a frigid summer, there are signs that Sino-U.S. relations are warming. China released U.S. human-rights activist Harry Wu, approved several high-profile deals with American companies, and said it would send its ambassador back to Washington. For Washington's part, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton went ahead with plans to attend a U.N. conference on women, and the White House tentatively agreed to a presidential summit in October. "We have too much at stake, both in China and the U.S., to neglect the relationship," said Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Peter Tarnoff after late-August meetings in Beijing.

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