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Obama Will Face a Defiant World on Foreign Visit
By HELENE COOPER, NYT
Economic woes in the U.S. are emboldening allies and rivals as they question American power on multiple fronts
Rising Powers Challenge U.S. on Role in I.M.F.
As world leaders gather this week, China and other rising powers see the fund as a place to begin staking their claim to a greater voice in economic affairs.
The Obama administration has made fortifying the I.M.F. one of its primary goals for the Group of 20 meeting, which includes leading industrial and developing countries and the European Union. But China, India and other rising powers seem to believe the made-in-America crisis has curtailed the ability of the United States to set the agenda... China and other developing countries have served notice they are reluctant to make comparable pledges without a greater say in the operations of the fund, which is run by a Frenchman, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and heavily influenced by the United States and Western Europe....“The United States is desperately trying to assert leadership, as if it were 10 years ago, when the U.S. set the agenda,” said Kenneth S. Rogoff, an economist at Harvard and former chief economist of the fund....http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/30/world/30fund.html?hp
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