Obama friendly but firm with China heir apparent

By REUTERS
February 15, 2012 04:17

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama told Chinese leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping on Tuesday that Beijing must play by the same trade rules as other major world powers and vowed to keep pressing China to clean up its human rights record.

In White House talks, Obama sought to reassure Xi that Washington welcomed China's "peaceful rise." But he also signaled that frictions would remain in a growing economic and military rivalry between the two countries, even as Beijing's political transition moves forward.

Xi's meeting with Obama was the centerpiece of a heavily scripted visit that could help the Chinese vice president boost his international standing and show he is capable of steering his country's relationship with Washington for the next decade.


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