In an Oval Office meeting Thursday with Chinese officials, President Obama vented his frustration with China for allowing fugitive Edward Snowden to flee Hong Kong last month.
The White House said Mr. Obama “expressed his disappointment and concern with China’s handling of the Snowden case” to two Chinese envoys, Wang Yang and Yang Jiechi. They are China’s special representatives to the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.
Mr. Snowden, the self-confessed leaker of National Security Agency surveillance secrets, initially left the U.S. for Hong Kong. Chinese authorities allowed him to fly from Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China, to Russia despite the Obama administration’s requests that he be held for eventual extradition.
Mr. Snowden is still reportedly in limbo in an airport in Moscow, waiting for another country to accept him.
In the meeting, the White House said the president also “reiterated concerns about cyber-enabled theft of trade secrets, and welcomed joint efforts to develop rules and norms of behavior in cyberspace.”
Mr. Obama and the Chinese officials agreed on the need to denuclearize the Korean peninsula, “and welcomed efforts to deepen cooperation to achieve that shared goal.”