China's future leader takes a pass on meeting with Hillary Clinton


BEIJING -- In a short, frustrating visit to Beijing, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was stood up today by the future leader of China and delivered a stern lecture on China's rights in the South China Sea.

During the third stop in her nearly two-week sweep of Asia, Clinton had hoped to meet with Vice President Xi Jinping, who is expected to get the nod next month to succeed Hu Jintao as China's president.

In advance of the visit, Chinese state media lashed out at Clinton, ridiculing what it said were her efforts to maintain American "hegemony" in the Pacific.

During the visit, Clinton met with Hu and discussed issues that include North Korea, Iran and Syria.


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