The US urged China on Monday to spend more at home to help put the global economy back on a sustainable path,saying the two countries shared common ambitions despite their divisions. Opening two days of bilateral talks,President Barack Obama said the US and China needed to overcome mutual wariness and deepen cooperation on everything from the global economic crisis to climate change and North Korea.
Lets be honest: we know some are wary of the future, Obama said at the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue,acknowledging the two countries would never see eye to eye on every issue but needed to think of themselves as partners,not rivals. The relationship between the US and China will shape the 21st century,which makes it as important as any bilateral relationship in the world.
The Obama administration has sought to tread gently on sensitive issues that have separated the two countries. Just as we respect Chinas ancient culture and remarkable achievements,we also strongly believe that the religion and culture of all peoples must be respected and protected,and that all people should be free to speak their minds, Obama said. The comments will be seen as a reference to unrest among Uighurs and Tibetans.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised Chinese cooperation in dealing with North Koreas nuclear weapons but said the path ahead would not always be easy. Obama said US and China must continue collaboration to achieve denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and make it clear to North Korea that the path to security and respect can be travelled if they meet their obligations.