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More coverage on Chinese State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan's talk from the FT, including some details on the Chinese hiring of lobbyists:

...Seeking to build political influence in Washington, the Chinese embassy has retained Patton Boggs to lobby on a wide range of issues before Congress, according to a lobbying registration statement filed last week with the US Department of Justice.

The enlistment of Patton Boggs which has also represented such countries as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Pakistan highlights China's efforts to respond to the rising wave of anti-Chinese sentiment in Congress. Beyond trade, the ill-feeling is also driven by Chinese threats towards Taiwan and China's rapid military expansion which was highlighted this month by a special Pentagon report mandated by Congress.

Over the past two years, China has significantly expanded its presence in Washington, with Chinese government ministries and even provincial governments hiring several prominent lobbying firms to work on trade issues in particular...

Patton Boggs confirmed that the firm would provide counsel to the embassy on “congressional matters”. The contract, dated July 11, calls for the embassy to pay a $22,000 monthly retainer for the firm's services.

Hey, with that $22k monthly retainer, you can affort one luxury apartment in the Shanghai Centre.

July 28, 2005 at 10:58 AM in China | Permalink

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