U.S. President Barack Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama

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For U.S. President Barack Obama, a stronger U.S. economy means “less of a sense of urgency” going into the talks, said Jeffrey Bader, who was the president’s China adviser on the National Security Council during the first term. “There isn’t that feeling of ‘I’ve got to get results on economic issues.’ It takes some of the pressure off.”