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Obama: Good Relations With China To Help The World

February 14, 2012

U.S. President Barack Obama has told visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping in Washington that good U.S.-China relations will benefit the entire world.

Obama, who on February 14 received the Chinese vice president in the Oval Office, highlighted the importance of balanced trade flows between the two countries.

Obama said he would again raise with Xi the issue of human rights.

Xi, 58, is slated to become China's new president in 2013.

North Korea, Iran, and Syria are also high on the agenda for talks during Xi's first official visit to the United States.

China last week joined Russia in vetoing a UN Security Council resolution against the Syrian crackdown.

Xi earlier met U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden, who pledged to tackle differences openly.

Compiled from agency reports


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