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Members of U.S. Congress Greet China’s Hu Coolly

Members of Congress, their constituents worried about economic competition from China, are using President Hu Jintao’s visit to Washington to castigate his government and press for strong action against it.

Their approach is in contrast to that of President Barack Obama, who is working to strengthen ties with the world’s second-largest economy, and highlights the political potency of criticizing China at a time of economic anxiety at home.