Obama Reaffims Desire for 'Positive' US-China Relationship
05 January 2011
U.S. President Barack Obama has reaffirmed his commitment to building a positive bilateral relationship with China during a meeting in Washington with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi.
In a statement released late Tuesday, the White House said Mr. Obama told Yang he wants the relationship to be "comprehensive in scope, positive in achievement, and cooperative in nature."
Mr. Obama dropped in on a White House meeting between Yang and U.S. National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, where the two were discussing preparations for this month's state visit to Washington by Chinese President Hu Jintao.
The White House said Donilon used the talks to stress the importance of reducing imbalances in the global economy and in U.S.-China trade. The United States has been urging China to let its currency appreciate more rapidly.
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