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A Very Diplomatic Town Hall Meeting

By Elise Potaka

Big expectations lead to big disappointments. That’s what some learned from Barack Obama’s Shanghai “town-hall” meeting this week with “future Chinese leaders.”

Hopes that the students in attendance might ask some vaguely challenging questions; hopes that Obama would directly criticise China’s human rights record; hopes that the event would be easily accessible online to Chinese citizens: all were crushed as Monday’s meeting progressed with no real deviation from … well, from what one might expect when a high-level leader addresses the public within China.

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