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John McCain's Twitter Archive Reveals 2009 Gadhafi Meeting 

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- It was August 2009 and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was in Libya with a group of fellow lawmakers. Late one night they met with the country’s strongman, Moammar Gadhafi.

Afterwards, McCain said on Twitter, “Late evening with Col. Qadhafi at his "ranch" in Libya -- interesting meeting with an interesting man.”

According to a spokesperson for the senator, Gadhafi pushed back the meeting from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m. When the meeting finally did take place, the spokesperson said, it was brief and took place in a tent on the grounds.

How times have changed. Today McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, is vociferously calling for President Obama to remove Gadhafi from power and drive him out of the country, something that the administration does not want to do.

In Obama’s speech on Libya Monday night, the president said, “There is no question that Libya -- and the world – would be better off with Gadhafi out of power. But broadening our military mission to include regime change would be a mistake.”

“To be blunt, we went down that road in Iraq… [Regime] change there took eight years, thousands of American and Iraqi lives, and nearly a trillion dollars. That is not something we can afford to repeat in Libya.”

McCain quickly countered that the president must see to it that “Gadhafi has to go.”

“What he did incorrectly was send a message to Gadhafi that we're not going to overthrow him by force,” McCain said of Obama’s speech. “And if his policy goal is that Gadhafi has to step down, he has to go, then we have to use every means to make sure that happens.”

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Chinese President Hu to Meet With President Obama

Photo Courtesy - The White House/Pete Souza(BEIJING) --  When Chinese President Hu meets with President Obama this week, it will be the first time the leaders meet as representatives of the two largest economies in the world.

The balance of power has shifted in this relationship in the last few years, with China's growth surging in the double digits as the U.S. grapples with high unemployment, sluggish growth and an expensive war in Afghanistan.  The question is whether in light of this shift, China is growing more strident in dealing with the U.S. and in pursuing its national interests.

In the last two years, President Hu and President Obama have met no fewer than seven times and have developed a relationship that has been described by Ambassador Jon Huntsman as "friendly, cordial and confident."

Innumerable strategic dialogues have been set up to address issues binding the two countries, from trade to security, renewable energy, the economy and, more haltingly, military ties.

So what can we expect to see out of Hu's visit?  Of course the main bones of contention will inevitably arise.  Weapon sales to Taiwan remain by far the most troubling issue to China.

On the subject of North Korea, China will continue to insist that a return to six-party talks is the only way to deal with this situation and will strongly resist involving the UN Security Council in any way.

On currency, China will complain about the U.S.'s policy of quantitative easing and argue that the yuan should be allowed to appreciate at its own pace.  It will tout the projected $380 billion in trade between China and the U.S. this year.  Certainly many other issues will be raised too -- Iran's nuclear program and climate cooperation to name just a couple.

But from the Chinese perspective, these state visits are less about scoring policy victories than they are about reaffirming the importance of the relationship and of cooperation between both sides.

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U.S., China 'Restart' Military to Military Talks

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- High level Chinese military officials were at the Pentagon Friday for what are known as the Defense Consultative Talks in the first high-level U.S.-Chinese military to military contact since the relationship froze after the U.S. announced an arms deal to Taiwan.   That situation’s now getting better, given Friday's talks and the upcoming visit by Secretary Gates to China next month.

There was an opportunity to talk about current global issues like: North Korea, Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran.  But the issues discussed Friday mainly focused on strategic policies, specifically the Nuclear Posture Review, the Ballistic Missile Defense Review and the Space review -- they did not touch on cyberspace.

Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy described the meeting as very frank and candid and there wasn’t always agreement, for example, about maritime international law issues -- there have been incidents where U.S. and Chinese ships have had close encounters on the high seas.

She said that the U.S. presented the Chinese with the same briefing on missile defense that they’ve provided to America’s closest allies and that in turn, the Chinese presented a briefing about the role they believe their military plays in the world.   She said conversations like these helped to “move the ball forward” in the U.S.-Chinese relationship.

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