Obama's China Visit Yields Little Progress

In Beijing's cavernous Great Hall of the People on Nov. 17, Chinese President Hu Jintao tried to emphasize how much he has in common with U.S. President Barack Obama. From climate change to nuclear nonproliferation, "China and the United States share extensive common interests and broad prospects for cooperation on a series of major issues important to mankind's peace, stability, and development," said an unsmiling Hu. Obama focused on common ground, too. "We meet here at a time when the relationship between the United States and China has never been more important to our collective future," Obama said, The two leaders released a lengthy joint statement calling for more collaboration on agriculture, global health issues, and counter-terrorism, as well more student exchanges and broader military cooperation.

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