WASHINGTON NEWS- The US President Barack Obama Wednesday humbly admitted that China was making progress in human rights but he also asked Beijing to concentrate on the growing economic relationship between the United States and its biggest rival.
While two presidents stood side by side at a nationally televised news conference, Mr. Obama said the issue on human rights were earlier a significant cause of tension between two governments. Again, he said China must live up to human rights values that the constitution declared to the country. He emphasis on the core views on certain rights such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly.
Mr. Hu acknowledged the fact that the US had agreed on certain aspects of China's human right issues. He said the country was facing certain challenges in economic and social development and there were lots of area to be improved regarding human rights. He further expressed his willingness to talk to the US but asked a total noninterference in each other's internal affairs.
The US has a fractious relationship with China over certain human right matters, including North Korea alliance with China and Chinese currency. It is reported by administration officials that Mr. Obama pressed Chinese President specifically on China's imprisonment of its Nobel laureate, Liu Xiaobo during a private dinner at the White House Tuesday.
The visit of Chinese President also witnessed a healthy trade deals between two nations. The White House announced that the two nations would generate $45 billion in American exports with the deal. It is reported that China had agreed to take step on the theft of intellectual property and expand the opportunities for American investment in China.
The two superpower of the world have a fractious relationship over many issues and it is seeing by analysts that the visit of Chinese President gives an excellent opportunity to strengthen the economy of America and eventually invigorate the sour relationship between the White House and the US business community. William M. Daley, Mr. Obama’s new chief of staff and the former Clinton administration commerce secretary had sought to turn Mr. Hu's visit into a kind of business proposal for American companies.
On Wednesday there were a few business deals signed between two countries. The biggest one was in which China authorized Chinese companies to buy 200 airplanes from Boeing, worth $19 billion. There were also announcement of joint venture between Honeywell and Haier. Moreover, railway and energy contracts for General Electrics were signed between two countries. It is claimed that the deals would give away place for 235,000 jobs in 12 states, though the actual status of deals are still clandestine.
There were another issue raised by Mr. Hu who pressed good relations between two country's military. The US government earlier used to express concern over defiant and progressive Chinese military. There are hopes to raise better communication between the Pentagon and the People's Liberation Army.