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More of Hillary Clinton and the POTUS in China

November 17, 2009

This from the LA Times:

Speaking to the media after their meeting at the Great Hall of the People, Obama said the U.S. welcomed China’s rise as a world power, and President Hu said the two nations would step up visits, correspondence and phone calls “essential” to a closer partnership.

On an issue of major importance to the U.S., Obama said China is cooperating in efforts to get North Korea to forswear nuclear weapons. Both leaders also said they were committed to curbing global warming.

Yet tensions between the two countries were evident. Obama said he raised the issue of human rights, reiterating that America holds “bedrock beliefs that all men and women possess fundamental human rights.”

Such rights should be “available to all peoples, to all ethnic and religious minorities,” he said. As Obama spoke, Hu, standing near him on a stage, stared straight ahead, impassively.

Obama added that the two nations would “continue to move this discussion forward in a human rights dialogue that is scheduled for early next year.”

Hu, in turn, said that for economic recovery to take hold, nations must avoid a protectionist stance.

That seemed to be a reference to America’s imposition of a tariff on Chinese tires.

Hu said he “stressed” to Obama that “under the current circumstances our two countries need to oppose protectionism in all of its manifestations.”

At their bilateral meeting here, Obama and Hu sat across from each other at a large table. The American delegation included Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Lawrence H. Summers, the president’s chief economic advisor…

So the issue of human rights was raised- props to Obama.

US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao shakes hands with US Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, while participating in a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China 17 November 2009. EPA/SHAWN THEW

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) talks with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (L) during the bilateral talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, 17 November 2009. EPA/DIEGO AZUBEL


2 Comments leave one →
  1. NancyinCali permalink
    November 17, 2009 11:02 am

    cute photos.

  2. June 25, 2013 3:18 pm

    She has style

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