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Obama speaks against censorship but is Beijing listening

Ian Paul | Nov. 17, 2009
China's millions of Internet users may applaud, but U.S. promotion of freedom of information may not go far.

But the question remains whether the president can have much effect on a nation that holds trillions of dollars in American debt, and will likely end up financing even more U.S. spending. The New York Times on Sunday equated Obama's trip to that of a "profligate spender coming to pay his respects to his banker." It will be difficult for the president to raise issues of human rights, censorship, and piracy with China, when he's hoping for a loan.

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