US President Barack Obama visits China

Nov. 15-18, 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama paid a four-day state visit to China. President Hu Jintao  and Obama engaged in in-depth, productive and candid discussions about China-US relations and other issues of mutual interest. The two countries reiterated, in a joint statement issued after the summit, their commitment to building a "positive, cooperative and comprehensive relationship in the 21st century" and promised to cooperatively cope with common challenges. Both sides agreed to take concrete actions to steadily build a partnership to address common challenges.

Chinese President Hu Jintao shakes hands with visiting US President Barack Obama after they meet the press at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 17, 2009.

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