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South Korea’s MBC also highlighted American complaints about China. The anchor said that the meetings were friendly but added that there were frank exchanges on sensitive issues like human rights.
US President Obama treated China’s Vice President Xi Jinping with respect, but Obama also pressured Xi regarding human rights issues and trade imbalances. He indicated that China should shoulder its responsibilities as a powerful nation and do the right thing.
Barack Obama, US President:
And so we want to work with China to ensure that everybody is working by the same rules of the road when it comes to the world economic system.
During the 85-minute meeting, which went well beyond the scheduled time, President Obama raised the issue of nuclear weapons in North Korea and Iran. He repeatedly emphasized that China’s cooperation is essential in solving these problems.
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping pointed out that the issues of Tibet and Taiwan are of great concern for China, and that the US should respect the core interests of China and not push China’s patience.
Xi Jinping, Chinese Vice President:
It is important to develop a cooperative relationship based on mutual respect and mutual interests.
Xi Jinping also met with US Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and then visited the Pentagon to meet with military chiefs -- a rare event.
The US confronted China on almost every issue, including human rights, military tension, and trade, but the US still showed China’s next new leader respect according to diplomatic etiquette.