China Trip

Obama Calls for 'Strong Dialogue'

Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao met behind closed doors for two-and-a-half hours on Tuesday, though produced nothing public except calls, predictably, for more “strong dialogues.” Issues discussed included trade, climate change, and the nuclear programs of Iran and North Korea. “The relationship between our two nations goes far beyond any single issue," Obama said afterwards, but he threw in a few barbs too, saying that all human rights were universal and calling for less economic protectionism. "The degree of control exercised over the most public event of Mr. Obama’s three-day stay in China," The New York Times notes, "suggests that Chinese leaders are less willing to make concessions to American demands for the arrangements of a presidential visit than they once were."