President Obama and Chinese President Hu Hold Joint Press Conference

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
January 19, 2011
President Obama Shakes Hands With China's President Hu

President Barack Obama welcomed Chinese President Hu Jintao to the White House, where they held a press conference to discuss U.S.-China relations. President Obama highlighted the successful meeting, in which the two discussed cooperation in commerce, science and technology, regional stability and security in East Asia, and moving forward with a formal dialogue on human rights.

President Obama said, "The positive, constructive, cooperative U.S.-China relationship is good for the United States. We just had a very good meeting with the business leaders from both our countries. They pointed out that China is one of the top markets for American exports. We're now exporting more than $100 billion a year in goods and services to China, which supports more than half a million American jobs. In fact, our exports to China are growing nearly twice as fast as our exports to the rest of the world, making it a key part of my goal of doubling American exports and keeping America competitive in the 21st century.

"Cooperation between our countries is also good for China. China's extraordinary economic growth has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. And this is a tribute to the Chinese people. But it's also thanks to decades of stability in Asia made possible by America's forward presence in the region, by strong trade with America, and by an open international economic system championed by the United States of America.

"Cooperation between our countries is also good for the world. Along with our G20 partners, we've moved from the brink of catastrophe to the beginning of global economic recovery. With our Security Council partners, we passed and are enforcing the strongest sanctions to date against Iran over its nuclear program. We've worked together to reduce tensions on the Korean Peninsula. And most recently, we welcomed China's support for the historic referendum in southern Sudan.

"As we look to the future, what's needed, I believe, is a spirit of cooperation that is also friendly competition. In areas like those that I just mentioned, we will cooperate -- forging partnerships and making progress that neither nation can achieve alone. In other areas, we'll compete -- a healthy competition that spurs both countries to innovate and become even more competitive. That's the kind of relationship I see for the United States and China in the 21st century, and that's the kind of relationship that we advanced today.

"I am very pleased that we've completed dozens of deals that will increase U.S. exports by more than $45 billion and also increase China's investment in the United States by several billion dollars. From machinery to software, from aviation to agriculture, these deals will support some 235,000 American jobs. And that includes many manufacturing jobs. So this is great news for America's workers.

"I did also stress to President Hu that there has to be a level playing field for American companies competing in China, that trade has to be fair. So I welcomed his commitment that American companies will not be discriminated against when they compete for Chinese government procurement contracts. And I appreciate his willingness to take new steps to combat the theft of intellectual property.

President Obama also spoke about cooperation in science and technology. He said, "...We're moving ahead with our U.S.-China clean energy research center and joint ventures in wind power, smart grids and cleaner coal. I believe that as the two largest energy consumers and emitters of greenhouses gases, the United States and China have a responsibility to combat climate change by building on the progress at Copenhagen and Cancun, and showing the way to a clean energy future. And President Hu indicated that he agrees with me on this issue.

"We discussed China's progress in moving toward a more market-oriented economy and how we can ensure a strong and balanced global economic recovery. We agreed that in China, this means boosting domestic demand; here in the United States, it means spending less and exporting more.

"I told President Hu that we welcome China's increasing the flexibility of its currency. But I also had to say that the RMB remains undervalued, that there needs to be further adjustment in the exchange rate, and that this can be a powerful tool for China boosting domestic demand and lessening the inflationary pressures in their economy. So we'll continue to look for the value of China's currency to be increasingly driven by the market, which will help ensure that no nation has an undue economic advantage.

"To advance our shared security, we're expanding and deepening dialogue and cooperation between our militaries, which increases trust and reduces misunderstandings.

"With regard to regional stability and security in East Asia, I stressed that the United States has a fundamental interest in maintaining freedom of navigation, unimpeded commerce, respect for international law and the peaceful resolution of differences.

"I welcomed the progress that's been made on both sides of the Taiwan Strait in reducing tensions and building economic ties. And we hope this progress continues, because it's in the interest of both sides, the region and the United States. Indeed, I reaffirmed our commitment to a one-China policy based on the three U.S.-China communiques and the Taiwan Relations Act.

"I told President Hu that we appreciated China's role in reducing tensions on the Korean Peninsula, and we agreed that North Korea must avoid further provocations. I also said that North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile program is increasingly a direct threat to the security of the United States and our allies. We agreed that the paramount goal must be complete denuclearization of the peninsula. In that regard, the international community must continue to state clearly that North Korea's uranium enrichment program is in violation of North Korea's commitments and international obligations.

"With respect to global security, I'm pleased that we're moving ahead with President Hu's commitment at last year's Nuclear Security Summit for China to establish a center of excellence, which will help secure the world's vulnerable nuclear materials.

"To prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, we agreed that Iran must uphold its international obligations and that the U.N. Security Council sanctions on Iran must be fully enforced.

"Along with our P5-plus-1 partners, we'll continue to offer the government of Iran the opportunity for dialogue and integration into the international community, but only if it meets its obligations.

"I reaffirmed America's fundamental commitment to the universal rights of all people. That includes basic human rights like freedom of speech, of the press, of assembly, of association and demonstration, and of religion -- rights that are recognized in the Chinese constitution. As I've said before, the United States speaks up for these freedoms and the dignity of every human being, not only because it's part of who we are as Americans, but we do so because we believe that by upholding these universal rights, all nations, including China, will ultimately be more prosperous and successful.

"So, today, we've agreed to move ahead with our formal dialogue on human rights. We've agreed to new exchanges to advance the rule of law. And even as we, the United States, recognize that Tibet is part of the People's Republic of China, the United States continues to support further dialogue between the government of China and the representatives of the Dalai Lama to resolve concerns and differences, including the preservation of the religious and cultural identity of the Tibetan people.

"Finally, we continue to expand partnerships between our people, especially our young people. Today, my wife Michelle is highlighting our efforts to increase the number of American students studying in China to 100,000. And I am very pleased that President Hu will be visiting my hometown of Chicago."

In his final remarks, President Obama said, "...I believe that we've helped to lay the foundation for cooperation between the United States and China for decades to come. And Michelle and I look forward to hosting President Hu for a state dinner tonight to celebrate the deep ties between our people, as well as our shared hopes for the future."

You can read the complete remarks here.

Comments

Comments

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
January 20, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

When the master took his leave, Nan yu`an said, "Make a thorough study of the Buddha Darma, and broadly benefit the world."

The Master said, "I have no question about studying the Buddha Darma, but what is it to broadly benefit the world?"

Nan yu`an said, "Not to disregard a single being."

-The record of Tung-shan , China-(850 aprox.)

back37
January 20, 2011

W.W. writes:

Out of China

back with Made In the US

New Start Treaty extended to China

Thank you

Pamela
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West Virginia, USA
January 21, 2011

Pamela G. in West Virginia writes:

It is good to see dialogue with the Chinese, but we must insist on true value of money and human rights.

DrG
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West Virginia, USA
January 21, 2011

Dr. G. in West Virginia writes:

This is an excellent summary of the meeting. It explains what happened, as opposed to CNN's bologna about gaffs and technical translation problems, and everything except what was possibly accomplished.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
January 21, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Pamela G.,

I have no question of USG insistance on the true value of money and human rights, but of what insistance China has to improve on these?

"Hu knows."

There is always room for improvement in all countries.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
January 22, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

I think this visit caried with it many expectations on both sides and both tried to find balance and accomodation of viewpoints and standing in the world.

For Hu to say his nation's human rights need improvement in accordance with it's timeline of development ( if I understood his context correctly), is not to be taken by us as "concession" to US ideals, but more as a concession to the universality that all nations ascribe to and struggle to achieve in cultural and individualistic manifestation.

One of these days perhaps after he's become a private citizen and politics are behind him, I hope he'll come back and take a road trip across America.

In any case, maybe he'll do a lecture on what "Socialist Democracy" is all about.

I can assure him that phrase got a few folks here scratching thier heads, going on with raised eyebrows, "What up with that?"

See, apparently according to a bumpersticker I saw today, that's what Republicans accuse Obama of trying to create here in America.

Aye, it never ends...the political spin and grim indeed it is, and dysfunctional at best.

But I gotta say it's occasionally amusing as Sarah Palin coins new lexicon...and I gotta agree with Dr. G in this case....there is such a thing as "Lame-Stream Media".

Remember being kids in school and it was time for "show and tell" ?

Well...I think Mr Hu will go back and tell all the folks in his party that they need to show us they mean what he said here in America about working cooperatively with us on those "hot-spots" and regional issues, and ending nuclear proliferation.

See if you are going to demolish a building that is inherantly unstable, you shape charges to implode it in order to minimize risk to the area surrounding, people, buildings, etc.

Same with North Korea, you must manage the collapse in order to minimioze risk.

It's real simple. If you want stability, engage in regime replacement therapy and feed the people when 'lil Kim and henchmen are removed as a cooperative venture for the peace of nations.

I will be so bold as to disagree with Kissenger and others on this, because leaving that regime in power only serves to condem the starving population of North Korea to a slow death.

Sometimes it simply takes the courage and conviction of leaders who are willing to trust each other enough to do what is right, not what may be politically expediant.

We'll see what happens.

I have this theory that what I'm suggesting can happen without a shot fired.

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