Chinese President Hu Jintao travels to the United States on Tuesday. He'll visit with Microsoft founder Bill Gates and other leaders in the Seattle area before heading to Washington, D.C., to meet with President Bush. The Chinese president's trip is likely to bring demonstrations against Chinese policies on Falun Gong and Tibet, among other issues.
The president's trip puts Jintao into the spotlight after years of working behind the scenes. NPR's Melissa Block talks with Ken Lieberthal, professor of political science at the University of Michigan. Lieberthal was senior director for Asia on the National Security Council from 1998-2000.