February 14th, 2012
12:56 PM ET

Obama treads lightly in Oval Office statement with Xi

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama welcomed China's presumptive premier at the White House Tuesday but also set the tone for future relations between the two world powers.

Obama said that with China's meteoric rise as an economic powerhouse came a responsibility to ensure balanced trade flows. He also raised the delicate issue of human rights as a critical area of concern for the United States.

"We've tried to emphasize that because of China's extraordinary development over the last two decades, that with expanding power and prosperity also comes increased responsibilities," Obama said after an Oval Office meting with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping.

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Topics: China • President Obama

soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. John

    This is like when the bank auditors visit the business I work at only at a much larger scale.

    February 14, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
  2. Patriot Awesome

    Is he quoting Uncle Ben from Spider-Man?

    February 14, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  3. Brad

    Xi is just comming to check out the new office he is going to own when he becomes leader of china no thanks to overlord Obama.......we all better start learning to speak chinese very soon or get our act together and stop borowing money from them....

    February 14, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • Trace

      ....uh Brad, I know you must have been in a really deep slumber, but Bush opened up the chinese credit card when starting two unfunded wars. $10Trillion later he handed that bill off to Obama. So how does anyone, overlord or otherwise pay off a mountain of debt within three (3) years, with the country in near depression?

      Oh...you're one of those people that think that Obama created that mess. Gotcha....Ok back to night night time for you. We'll wake you up when its all fix...Ok? Geesh !

      February 15, 2012 at 7:09 am |
  4. jerry

    bo tread lightly? When he meets with another countries VP? What is this? I guess bo is tough when he sends in a seal team or a drone...and that is about it. This is embarrasing.

    February 14, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
    • a934222

      You know these are the words of the reporter as he sees it, for Obama and the rest of the world it is called diplomacy, there is a time and a place to discuss issues of high caliber, and it is not done from President to President, there are a multitude of channels for that......but, I bet you knew that already, oh wait!!..actually, you do "not" know and understand little about this situations, go learn something, will you?

      February 15, 2012 at 8:16 am |
  5. Rob

    Of course he treat lightly. he'll be borrowing more money soon and he doesn't want to tick of his owner any more than Bush did

    February 14, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  6. george of the jungle

    this is whats know as diplomacy. Glad he mentioned human rights. Hope we can keep communications open unless we get some clown repo in office that will screw it all up or start some war. Everyone acts like china is awful but all the farmers want to trade with them and it sure has helped.

    February 14, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • Joyce

      I agree.

      February 14, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
  7. Howard

    No matter how Obama uses smoke and mirrors during his dog and pony show for the Chinese, unlike the obama stooges in America, these shrewd visitors can see right through obama's barage of B.S. !!!

    February 14, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
    • Trace

      ...roger that How-WEE! ...fortunately a majority of Americans have enough smarts to re-elect the POTUS, and don't agree with your high school insults or your Faux not really news bumper sticker silliness ...oh........

      by the way that's Mr. President to you. Get used to it for another 4 years.

      February 15, 2012 at 7:16 am |
  8. Gary Frazier

    Obama has given away the superiority of the Office of the President of the United States by bowing to a Muslim emir. Now, he is making that official (himself) appear to be a wimp by not knowing what to do about China's rise.

    Officially, Obama should be thought of as a White House Squatter and nothing else!!

    February 15, 2012 at 2:44 am |
  9. Chris Martin

    I am not permitted to comment on the basis that they have my Facebook photo !

    February 15, 2012 at 12:02 pm |