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Obama: China’s rise ‘good for the world’
Obama, Hu talk human rights, economic ties
Question of the Day
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao vowed closer cooperation on Wednesday on critical issues ranging from increasing trade between the world’s two largest economies to fighting terrorism. But they also stood fast on differences, especially over human rights.
Obama acknowledged that differences on rights were “an occasional source of tension between our two governments.”
He said at a joint news conference with Hu at the White House, “We have some core views as Americans about the universality of certain rights: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly.”
Obama said he drove that home forcefully in his discussions with the Chinese leader, but “that doesn’t prevent us from cooperating in these other critical areas.”
For Hu’s part, he declined to respond to an American reporter’s question on human rights differences between the two countries.
In a sign of the growing economic bonds between the two superpowers, Obama said the countries had made business deals that would mean $45 billion in new U.S. exports. Obama also said China was taking significant steps to curtail the theft of intellectual property and expand U.S. investment.
“We both agreed to further push forward the positive cooperative and comprehensive China-U.S. relationship and commit to work together to build a China-U.S. cooperative partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefit, so as to better benefit people in our own countries and the world over,” Hu said.
Hu, speaking through a translator, said both countries should “respect each other’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and development interests.”
As both countries continue to recover from the global economic crisis — a recovery that began in China well before it did in the U.S. and other developed nations — the United States increasingly sees China as a market for its goods, Obama said.
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