The presidents of the United States and China have agreed on increased cooperation to find solutions to some of the world’s more intractable problems.
President Obama, on his first visit to China, was given an official welcome at the Great Hall of the People, China’s parliament.
Obama shared a platform with President Hu Jintao and both men spoke in bold terms about the importance of the growing relationship between the countries.
Chinese President Hu Jintao said: “We spoke positively of the important role of the China -US strategic and economic relationship in enhancing the mutual trust and cooperation between the two countries.”
The two men agreed that climate change is a key topic and both, as massive consumers and producers of energy, have a responsibility to work together for the good of the planet.
President Obama said: “President Hu and I also made progress on the issue of climate change. As the two largest consumers and producers of energy, there can be no solution to this challenge without the efforts of both China and the United States. As President Hu indicated we are creating a joint clean energy research centre and have achieved agreements on energy efficiency, renewable energy, cleaner uses of coal, electric vehicles and shale gas.”
As a new spirit of cooperation grows, old ghosts remain. President Obama’s question-and-answer session in Shanghai suffered at the hands of the censor and his request for China to resume talks with Tibet’s exiled leader the Dalai Lama fell on deaf ears.