US-China Bilaterial talks: a diplomatic milestone?

It has been an important week for China – US relations. Chinese leader, Xi Jingping visited the United States for bilaterial talks on areas such as: North Korea, the south-pacific and international institutions.

Before talks were underway Victor Gao published a thoughtful op-ed on CNN underlining how close the $500 billion in annual trade have brought the two countries. As Chinese growth continues Victor underlined the need for greater trust between these two leaders.

Reactions since have focused on a number of areas:

  • The Washington post reports agreement toward banning the greenhouse pollutants, hydroflorocarbons (HFC’s)
  • The Guardian suggests talks hit a snag over cyber-security, given the revelation this week of the espionage program ‘PRISM’  
  • The BBC’s North America Editor, Mark Mardell, comments that developments may have made Obama ” a little less pious, and a bit more realistic”

Coverage widely reports that the talks were constructive and help bring optimism and momentum to diplomatic efforts between the two nations. Check out further comment from Victor Gao below:

CNN – “AmeriChina” looking for trust at the top.

Washington Post – Agreement to wind down production and use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

The Guardian – “US-China summit ends with accord on all but cyber-espionage.”

The BBC – “Obama-Xi summit: Less piety, more realism?”

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