Monday, August 22, 2005

Balanced practicality?

Apparently, you can't be a true player on the world stage these days without your own empty catchphrase (via Drezner):

Mr Hu's catchphrase is “balanced development”. This will be a central theme in a new five-year economic plan (a still cherished relic of the central-planning era) due to be discussed by the Central Committee in October and ratified by the legislature next March. It will be Mr Hu's first opportunity to put his stamp on a long-term economic strategy.

What happens when Hu's "balanced development" runs into Rice's "practical idealism"?