TIMELINE-The obstacle course for U.S.-China ties in 2010

(Adds March 31 developments)

April 1 (BestGrowthStock) – China said on Thursday that its
President Hu Jintao will go to a nuclear security summit in
Washington on April 12-13, ending uncertainty about his
attendance after a bout of tensions between the two powers.
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Both governments are seeking to cool those tensions. Here
is a timeline of significant dates in relations this year:

Jan. 12 – Google threatens to pull out of China over
censorship and hacking attacks from within the country.

Jan. 21 – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers
speech calling for Internet freedoms, names China as a country
that has stepped up censorship of the web.

Jan. 29 – Obama administration notifies U.S. Congress of
proposed arms sales to Taiwan worth $6.4 billion. China
condemns the sales to the island, which it considers its
territory, and threatens sanctions on companies involved.

Feb. 17 – U.S. aircraft carrier USS Nimitz visits Hong
Hong, the self-administered territory under Chinese rule,
despite a Chinese pledge to curtail military exchanges with the
United States after its announced arms sales to Taiwan.

Feb. 18 – President Obama meets exiled Tibetan Buddhist
leader, the Dalai Lama, at the White House. China reviles the
Dalai Lama as a “separatist” for advocating self-rule for his
homeland and condemns the meeting.

March 2-4 – U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg
and Jeffrey Bader, Senior Director for the U.S. National
Security Council for Asian Affairs, visit Beijing for talks,
seeking to overcome tensions.

March 15 – One hundred and thirty members of U.S. Congress
issue a letter demanding more pressure on China to let its yuan
currency appreciate. The next day, a bipartisan bill on the
issue goes before the Senate.

March 22 – Google shuts its China-based search service
Google.cn and begins redirecting mainland Web searchers to a
portal in Hong Kong, shifting responsibility for censoring
Google for Chinese users from the company to the Chinese
government. China criticises Google but does not entirely shut
off the Hong Kong site.

March 31 – China agrees to serious negotiations with
Washington and other Western powers about proposed new United
Nations Security Council-backed sanctions on Iran, after months
of stressing its reluctance to back sanctions. China has the
power to veto any Security Council resolution.

April 12-13 – President Obama hosts a multi-nation nuclear
security summit in Washington D.C. Chinese President Hu Jintao
will attend, opening an opportunity for a bilateral meeting
between the two leaders.

April 15 – U.S. Treasury due to release latest six-monthly
report on whether China and other countries are manipulating
their currencies for trade advantage. In the past, release of
the report has been sometimes postponed.

April 15-16 – Chinese President Hu due to attend “BRIC”
summit in Brazil, bringing together the leaders of Brazil,
Russia, India and China for their second such meeting.

May 15-25 – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke leads
trade mission to Hong Kong, China and Indonesia, promoting
deals with American companies in clean energy.

Late-May – Senior officials from the United States and
China due to meet in Beijing for Strategic and Economic
Dialogue, an annual meeting to discuss broad economic, foreign
policy and security concerns. The U.S. side is likely to be led
by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary
Timothy Geithner.

June 26-27 – Meeting of G20 leaders of major rich and
developing economies scheduled in Toronto, Canada, giving
Presidents Hu and Obama an opportunity to meet.

Later in the year – The two countries are preparing for
their Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade, a regular meeting
that focuses on economic ties. Last year’s was held in late
October in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou.

Nov. 2 – Mid-term elections for U.S. Congress. With
economic concerns uppermost in many voters’ minds, trade and
currency tensions with China may become a electoral issue.

Nov. 13-14 – Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, to
be held in Yokohama, Japan, presents another opportunity for
the two leaders to meet.

November – South Korea scheduled to host second summit for
the year of the G20 group of major rich and developing
economies, where Hu and Obama will have a further chance to
meet. The summit is likely to take place immediately before or
after the APEC summit.

November-December – When President Obama visited China in
November 2009, Chinese President Hu accepted his invitation to
visit the United States in 2010. This would be a state visit
separate from his attendance at the nuclear summit. No date has
been set for the trip. One possibility is June, when Hu attends
the G20 summit in Canada, but a date after the U.S. mid-term
elections appears more likely.
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(Reporting by Chris Buckley in Beijing; Jim Wolf, Doug Palmer
and Paul Eckert in Washington; Ralph Jennings in Taipei)

TIMELINE-The obstacle course for U.S.-China ties in 2010