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Wednesday
Jan192011

Obama and Hu Agree Progress Needed on Human Rights in China

Photo Courtesy - ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- As Chinese President Hu Jintao and President Obama held what they described as "candid" discussions on human rights Wednesday, skeletons from the Chinese leader's closet literally danced in the street outside the White House.

Dozens of colorful Tibetan protesters lined Pennsylvania Avenue along the north lawn, chanting "Shame on Hu Jintao," "Stop the killings in Tibet" and "President Obama, speak for Tibet." Some held signs with a familiar litany of grievances against the Chinese, including censorship, imprisonment of political critics, and oppression of minority groups.

Nearby in Lafayette Park, two 10-foot-tall skeleton figures painted in traditional Tibetan colors parried alongside a slithering green human dragon. They represented "the Tibetans who have died because of his [Hu Jintao's] ultra-violent rule in Tibet and are coming back to haunt him," said Stephanie Rogers, a grassroots organizer for Students for a Free Tibet. "They're not going away until he frees political prisoners."

The group says Chinese authorities have imprisoned more than 800 Tibetan political activists and 60 Tibetan writers, artists and intellectuals deemed to be undermining government policies. Author and human rights activist Liu Xiaobo, who was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, also remains in a Chinese prison.

Inside the White House at a joint press conference, Obama acknowledged that human rights issues have been a source of tension between the U.S. and China, but said it shouldn't prevent cooperation.

Obama suggested China had improved its record on human rights over the past 30 years and said he expects further change in the decades ahead.

President Hu Jintao acknowledged "a lot" still needs to be done to improve human rights in his country, which is rapidly growing as an economic power. "We will continue our efforts to improve the lives of our people and promote democracy and rule of law," Hu said.

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Wednesday
Jan192011

ABC News/Washington Post Poll: China an Economic Threat?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Americans see more economic threat than opportunity in China, and divide almost evenly on whether they regard it as a friendly or unfriendly nation -- results that underscore the challenging nature of relations between the two powers.
 
With President Hu Jintao visiting the United States -- including a state dinner at the White House Tuesday night -- an ABC News/Washington Post poll finds that 47 percent of Americans see China as a friendly nation, while 44 percent regard it as unfriendly. Personal views tip the other way -- 42 percent say their own opinion of China is favorable overall, 49 percent unfavorable.
 
While hardly warm, those numbers could be worse, on two scores. One, Americans by a broad 61-29 percent in this poll, produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates, see China as more of a “threat to American jobs and economic security” than as “an opportunity for new markets and investment.” Also, China has been viewed much more negatively in the past; today’s 49 percent unfavorable rating compares to 58 percent in March 1990, a year after its crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square.
 
Similarly, while fewer than half, 47 percent, see China as friendly, that’s up from 39 percent in 1998 during a kerfuffle over alleged Chinese political contributions to the Democratic Party, and from just 28 percent in 2001, during an imbroglio over China’s detention of the crew of a damaged U.S. spy plane.
 
Then again, China’s also been rated much more favorably: in a show of support at the height of its pro-democracy movement, in April 1989, positive ratings of the country soared to 80 percent. That plummeted by 41 points after the suppression that followed.
 
There are differences among groups in views of China. Republicans and conservatives -- especially Americans who call themselves “very” conservative -- are more likely than their political opposites to see it unfavorably. And China is seen much more positively by young adults than by their elders.

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