The Chinese View of Obama and Romney

China has been pulled into the center ring of the U.S. Presidential campaign in recent weeks, with the candidates seeking to outdo each other on pledges to harden up on trade, currency, and security. In the Times today, Mark Landler charts Obama’s experience on the subject: the Administration’s initial hopes for a romance with China, the chilly honeymoon, and, ultimately, the disappointment—a four-year “journey that began with hope and accommodation but fell into disillusionment after Beijing started flexing its muscles on trade and military questions and proved to be a truculent partner on a variety of global issues.”