This meeting was hosted by 2009's Nobel Peace Prize winner, while Hu keeps the most recent winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Liu Xiaobo in prison under repression, harassment, incarceration and torture.
Moreover, it did not appear that US and Chinese leaders' several meetings moved the conversation forward in a substantial way past that of the economical issues to other's welfare and freedom. If Obama raised concerns about Hu of the hundreds of Chinese and Tibetan political prisoners including Liu Xiaobo, a jailed Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner, he did so privately.
At the senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid called Hu a "dictator" before taking it back and saying it wasn't a good choice of words. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced he would not attend the state dinner being held in Hu's honor. Outside the White House gates, hundreds of Chinese and Tibetan protesters massed for two days of demonstrations against Hu's visit and his government's treatment of people in Tibet and China.
It is not an unusual concern of US government, as previous presidents have contributed more for human rights and democracy. For a little concern of his part, Obama called on China to engage in talks with Tibet's leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and said he and Hu were "candid" in their discussion about human rights, "I reaffirmed America's fundamental commitment to the universal rights of all people, and that includes basic human rights like freedom of speech, of the press, of assembly, of association and demonstration and of religion -- rights that are recognized in the Chinese constitution."
In China, the discussion was edited by the government's Xinhua news agency to cut out Pres. Hu's admission on Human Rights, and television screens went blank during the BBC's live report, denying Chinese viewers the right to know the reality of the discussions.
The dictator Hu Jintao is holding thousands of political prisoners including activists, lawyers, writers, bloggers and especially the 11th Panchen Lama and the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner in prison. Obama who is the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize Winner hosted a dinner for a dictator holding the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Winner in prison, and both the world leaders and journalists do not understand the irony of this at all. I must say both the government and media are so fraudulent, they're too busy running around chasing negative issues, ignoring the key issues of human rights.
On a question about human rights, the communist head attempted to slither out of the answer by saying, "I did not hear the question. I thought President Obama was going to answer that." There's no talk about how they harvest organs from prisoners in eastern Turkestan, Tibet and China and there's Obama, telling the head of this depraved society that we're all pleased with his country's progress. Meanwhile, the very same media is attacking innocent American citizens who have nothing to do with a horrible crime. The moral compass of our media is just stunning, the media laughed when Hu Jintao side-stepped the question about human rights.
Former president, Jimmy Carter who also won a Nobel Peace Prize also attended Hu's dinner. So you had two American Nobel Peace Prize Winners effectively honoring the head of a country who's holding 2010's Peace Prize Winner in prison and we had to listen to our fearless leader talk about all the great progress the Chinese are making and how pleased we are with all that progress.
Later Hu sought to assuage concerns about his country's rising economic and military power but made clear status of Tibet and Taiwan was off limit as US legislators strongly conveyed their concerns over Beijing's trampling of human rights. Relations between Washington and Beijing need to be governed by a belief in 'equality' and 'mutual respect', and the US must recognize that Taiwan and Tibet are 'issues that concern China's territorial integrity and China's core interests.'