LET’S BE FRIENDS

Obama: ‘Terrific’ Progress with China

Friendship lesson 101: bond over a common enemy, and it looks like Kim Jong-un is that enemy for the U.S. and China. U.S. officials described the two-day summit between President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping as “constructive,” saying the two leaders have agreed to “cooperate” on denuclearizing North Korea. Obama described their progress with China as “terrific” while on a walk, although new National Security Adviser Tom Donilon said that Obama had warned Xi that continued suspected cybercrime by Chinese officials could be an “inhibitor” to a good relationship. But here’s an awkward reminder of what’s going on inside China’s borders: a court sentenced Liu Xia, the brother-in-law of imprisoned Nobel winner Liu Xiabao, to 11 years in prison for alleged real-estate fraud, a fairly harsh sentence for a minor business dispute.