Obama, Hu, Discuss the Future

Posted on November 17, 2009 by


By Jacqueline Onorato

picture from CNN

On Tuesday, President Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao met to talk about the global responsibilities that the two countries should share.

Topics ranged from new sanctions on Iran, Afghanistan, trade, nuclear proliferation, and human rights.

“China and the United States share extensive common interests and broad prospects for cooperation on a series of major issues important to mankind’s peace and stability and development,” Hu said.

“We believe strong dialogue is important not only for the US and China, but for the rest of the world,” Obama said to Hu.

China is an important player in the United Nations, holding a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council. This makes China key in the nuclear programs talks with North Korea and Iran.

China and the United States are also closely linked economically. The United States is a mass market for Chinese products while China is a major buyer of U.S. Treasury Bonds that fund the bailouts.

Obama also pressed China on the issue of human rights, saying that “freedoms of expression and worship, of access to information and political participation’’ he said, “we believe are universal rights.’’ Obama continued to explain how the United States was not interested in imposing its government of China and assured that the U.S. welcomes China’s rise to global power.

Many of these remarks were deleted from online hours after being posted.

Next,Obama is scheduled to meet with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and visit the Great Wall on Wednesday.