Thursday, January 20, 2011

Canada on US China meetings

The National

U.S.-Chinese tensions visible as Obama, Hu meet

"U.S. President Barack Obama said Wednesday he believes China’s emergence as a major power was good for the United States economically, but revealed Washington’s doubts about the long-term political goals of the world’s most populous country, which remains under Communist party rule.

"“We welcome China’s rise,” Mr. Obama said at a news conference in Washington with Chinese President Hu Jintao.

"“We just want to make sure that that rise is done in a way that reinforces international norms and international rules, and enhances security and peace — as opposed to it being a source of conflict within in the region around the world.”

"The comment reflected difficulties Washington has had in convincing China to be in sync with Washington on a series of international issues, not least with efforts to contain the threats posed by the nuclear programs of North Korea and Iran.

"Still, China’s influence has surged to the extent that its relationship with the United States is now widely recognized as an indispensable bilateral partnership for both countries.

"Based on the general nature of Mr. Hu’s statements at the news conference, there was little evidence he had given ground to gain any favour with Washington."

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