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Amid differences,Obama,Wen hold ‘surprise meet’

Only photographers and a videographer were allowed in at the start of the meeting with Wen,where the two men exchanged small talk.

Written by Associated Press | Bali |
November 20, 2011 12:48:15 am

President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao conferred on Saturday in a surprise meeting on the sidelines of a major Asian summit,focusing on the economic matters that have prompted disputes between the two powers.

The session was not a formally planned moment of diplomacy but rather a late add-on to let the two men continue their conversation from a group dinner the night before.

Only photographers and a videographer were allowed in at the start of the meeting with Wen,where the two men exchanged small talk.

“We have a very complicated and quite substantial relationship with China across the board,” White House National Security Advisor Tom Donilon told reporters after the session.

He said Obama stressed the importance of China adjusting the value of its currency,which the US contends is deeply undervalued. He said Obama and Wen also briefly discussed territorial disputes in the South China Sea toward the end of their meeting.

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