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March 29, 2023

Hu Jintao and Barack Obama pledge stronger ties

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama has hailed relations with China on Wednesday, saying the two countries have a huge stake in each other’s success.

At a White House ceremony to greet Chinese leader Hu Jintao, he said the US and China would be more prosperous and secure when they worked together, BBC reports.

Mr Hu said co-operation should be based on mutual respect, and they should respect each other’s development paths.

The two leaders have now gone in for talks, which are expected to tackle issues from currency and trade to defence and security.

After Mr. Hu’s arrival, the two leaders shook hands as the Chinese leader was welcomed with full military honours. They stood on the White House lawn as a military band played the two national anthems, then walked over to meet invited members of the public before addressing the crowds.

“We have an enormous stake in each other’s success,” Mr Obama said. “We will be more prosperous and more secure when we work together.” He cited President Jimmy Carter’s meeting with Chinese leader Deng Xiao Ping in 1979 which normalised relations between the two countries, frozen for the previous 30 years. He said the current visit would lay the basis for the next 30 years of ties.

He also referred to human rights. “History shows that societies are more harmonious, nations are more successful and the world is more just, when the rights and responsibilities of all nations and all people are upheld. Including the universal rights of every human being,” he said. In response, Mr. Hu said co-operation between the two countries in various fields had produced “fruitful results” and relations had “achieved new progress”. “Our cooperation as partners should be based on mutual respect,” he said. “We live in an increasingly diverse and colourful time. China and the United States should respect each other’s choice of development path and each other’s core interests. We should deepen mutual understanding through communication, in­crease mutual trust through dialogue and expand common ground through exchanges.” As the ceremony was going on, on the other side of the White House pro-Tibet demonstrators vented their anger against what they regard as a repressive regime.

China’s President Hu Jintao was due to hold talks with his US counterpart Barack Obama on Wednesday, on the first full day of his state visit to the US. The two leaders were expected to tackle thorny issues from currency and trade disputes to defence and security matters, that have dogged relations.

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