Obama to Face Contentious Issues While Searching for Common Ground with China’s President

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Newswise — Allen Carlson, associate professor at Cornell University’s government department, weights in on the upcoming visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the White House. Carlson says that Obama’s success during this summit will depend on his ability to search for common ground while engaging contentious issues such as territorial disputes, freedom of expression and economic performance.

Carlson says:

“Xi Jinping has taken more muscular stances within Asia over territorial disputes, and has restricted the freedom of expression in his own country. He has done so in ways that raise questions about the underpinnings of the U.S.-China relationship at a moment when for the first time in decades China’s economy appears to be faltering. In other words, both China and the Sino-American relationship are at a crucial crossroads.” “President Obama is faced with the challenge of engaging his Chinese counterpart on these contentious issues, while concurrently searching for common ground. The degree to which he is successful at this unenviable task is likely to have wide ranging implications for America, China, and the rest of the world.”

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