Beijing, China - Peoples Republic of
CHINESE FLANKED BY WESTERN SOFTDRINK ADVERTISEMENT IN BEIJING.
A Chinese commuter, flanked by softdrink advertisement featuring soccer stars Roberto Carlos (R), Michael Owen (C) and David Beckham (L), waits for a bus in Beijing May 19. As the European Union and China continue their marathon talks on Friday on Beijing's WTO entry, the U.S. administration of President Clinton is trying feverishly to round up votes in the Congress to approve permanent trade benefits for China. The looming vote in the House of Representatives next week, considered too close to call at the moment, could give the EU a negotiating edge.