Following on sharply behind Vladimir Putin’s visit to China, and the signing today of that momentous gas agreement, is President Obama.
With all of his flag waving days a thing of the past and his influence at home fading, he is looking abroad to China. The next three days of this abroad trip, will test his ability to play a commanding global role during his final two years in office.
Once Obama was treated like a superstar on the world stage.
But the president will arrive in Beijing on Monday, under far different conditions, with his most powerful days behind him. No longer is America in the commanding lead for world trade, but they are holding onto the coat tails of China.
This is much more of a cap in hand visit, than a state one, though the world is watching and he needs a miracle, to pull the next two years of his presidency into line.