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Mr. Hu did not entirely ignore the question of human rights. Speaking to the gathered reporters — who were told they would not be permitted to ask questions — Mr. Hu said he and Mr. Obama “reaffirmed the fundamental principle of respecting each other’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

“We will continue to act in the spirit of equality, mutual respect and noninterference in each other’s internal affairs, and engage in dialogue and exchanges on such issues as human rights and religion in order to enhance understanding, reduce differences and broaden common ground,” he said.