My BBC obsession continues.
Rumors are that Prime Minister Abe will ask for a Hu Jintao visit. Foreign Minister Li will say, not this year, and request that Mr. Abe come again.
"Slowly improving", indeed. It does have the facts right, but there's no sense of the underlying game.
Feb. 16 addendum:
In case anyone's browser obscures the link under the headline (my Firefox seems to have a problem), the BBC article is here.
Ross's comment and my response clarifies what I am trying to get at here.