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Hillary lights up Beijing…

In Asian Tour, humanity, Madame Secretary Hillary Clinton, Politics on February 21, 2009 at 9:21 am

BEIJING, China (CNN) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with China’s top leaders Saturday, the last and most crucial stop-over in her Asia trip, signaling the new U.S. administration’s first attempts to lay a foundation towards a China policy.

hillary-in-bejingU.S. Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton meets Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao in Beijing Saturday.

Clinton met with Chinese President Hu Jintao and discussed the framework for further high-level and mid-level discussions.

“It is essential that the United States and China have a positive, cooperative relationship,” Clinton told a group of reporters.

Earlier on Saturday, Clinton met with Chinese Premier Wen Jibao in Beijing where they discussed what they regard as the new defining Sino-US strategic goals: the world economic crisis, regional security and the environment.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in Beijing February 21, 2009. Clinton said on Saturday the United States and China can pull the world out of economic crisis by working together.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in Beijing February 21, 2009. Clinton said on Saturday the United States and China can pull the world out of economic crisis by working together.

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In a welcoming response, Yang said China was willing to discuss the often contentious subject.
Wen welcomed US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Beijing Saturday afternoon as she made her inaugural visit to China since becoming Secretary of State.

Both leaders cited several Chinese proverbs in their discussions of bilateral relations.

Noting that Clinton has repeatedly voiced a willingness to develop positive and cooperative relations with China, Wen said this fully reflects the high importance that the Obama administration puts on developing Sino-US relations.

Wen stressed the need for China and the United States to cooperate on countering the impact of global financial turmoil.

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“As the world is faced with the grim impact of the financial crisis, I very much appreciate a (Chinese) proverb you quoted that all countries should cross the river peacefully as they are in a common boat,” Wen said. The proverb is from The Art of War by Sun Tzi, an ancient Chinese military strategist.

“Another saying in the the book goes as ‘progress with hand in hand,'” Wend said.

Clinton echoed Wen’s comment by saying China and the United States have an opportunity to work closely together in the future.

“I quoted another Chinese proverb that ‘you should dig a well before you are thirsty,'” Clinton said,

referring to the need that the two countries should work together to address global challenges, including climate changes.

(ht/Katalusis)
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  1. Hillary was by far the best cabinet choice that Obama made. She will use her connections and political savvy to help repair and rebuild our strained relationships the world over. Bravo, Hill!

  2. ‘foreclose on the U.S.’ ….frightening but true…with a collapsing economy, human rights almost falls under the luxury category … of course it’s critical and Hillary is shrewd enough to keep her own human rights ‘watch’ going…she’ll finesse when the opportunity is right…and that is certainly not now.

    She is performing brilliantly and people fear her…but also, respect her.

  3. wait a minute, China is financing the Iraq War. how about you piss them off and they decide to “call the note” and foreclose on the United States of America. You’ll have plenty of time to talk about human rights…hm-

    You any good with handcuffs and chops sticks ?

  4. Wait a minute, Hillary says human rights takes a backseat to money and security? Isn’t this something Bush’s admin would have been raked over the coals for? Where is the concern for our country’s image? Darfur too?

  5. My goodness! Hillary never fails to impress. She took the time to find an appropriate proverb she knew would please the Chinese Prime Minister.

    I can just imagine if the JR President was sitting there in her place..He’d be asking the PM.. if he was a racist, and flicking off his shoulders… no matter the response, he’d be scratching the side of his nose with his middle finger… yetch.. another ignorant, inept US President.

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