President Barack Obama has sent his top economic adviser, Larry Summers, on a 3 day trip to China. The trip has two stated goals: address contentious issues, such as currency revaluation and trade issues, Internet policies, US arms sales to Taiwan, Tibet, and Chinese territorial disputes in the South China Sea, and lay the groundwork for an official state visit by President Hu Jintao next year.
A Wall Street Journal article on the trip has warned against the deteriorating US debate over China, especially with midterm elections approaching. A Daily Beast op-ed has dubbed the trip "Obama's Apology Tour" and says that it makes the President look weak.
Summers and US National Security Adviser Thomas Donlion are due to meet Premier Wen Jiabao.
The Summers China Mission [Wall Street Journal, 7 Sep 2010]
China and U.S. seek to ease tensions; visit on agenda [Reuters, 7 Sep 2010]