Would like to talk less about China, but then I read this silliness
1) You'd think that at high level meetings China would also have translators.
2) I've never thought of Michael Pillsbury as a China hawk. He has written some of the best analysis of the People's Liberation Army I've seen (look at the Rand Corporation website). The only thing you need to keep in mind is that a lot of his writings are dated. How the Chinese leadership (and for that matter the American leadership) viewed the world in 1998 is very different from how they view the world in 2006.
For that matter, Rumsfeld or any other senior member of Bush administration has ever struck me as much of a China hawk. When I think of the term "China hawk" I think of Dana Rorabacher, Bill Kristol, Arthur Waldron or Ross Terrill.