In just a day, it appears that the bad blood that seemed to be spill between the U.S. and China is behind us. Yesterday morning, China announced that it will participate in talks about sanctions against Iran, by late afternoon, President Hu Jintao of China announced that he will be visiting Wasnhington DC at the end of April, and this evening, the White House just issue a press release summarizing President Obama’s call with President Hu (text below). Interesting turn events. Does this signal a changed attitude between the two countries or perhaps just the natural ups and downs in a relationship between two powerful countries?
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release April 1, 2010
Readout of the President’s Call with President Hu of China
Tonight, President Obama spoke with President Hu of China for about an hour. President Obama welcomed the decision by President Hu to attend the upcoming Nuclear Security Summit which will be an important opportunity for them to address their shared interest in stopping nuclear proliferation and protecting against nuclear terrorism. They also discussed the importance of developing a positive bilateral relationship. President Obama underscored the importance of working together to ensure that Iran lives up to its international obligations. He also emphasized the importance of the United States and China along with other major economies implementing the G20 commitments designed to produce balanced and sustainable growth.