U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao pledged at a summit in Beijing Tuesday to work together on climate change, nuclear disarmament and other global issues.
The meeting produced no major breakthroughs beyond expressions of goodwill. Mr. Obama did take the opportunity to bring up human rights and pressed China to let let its currency rise in value.
In particular, Mr. Obama spoke about Tibet, and urged China to hold talks with representatives of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama as soon as possible.
Speaking to the media after their meeting, Mr. Obama said all the major challenges of the 21st Century touch both nations. He said those challenges could not be solved alone.Mr.Obama said, "While we recognize that Tibet is part of the People's Republic of China, the United States supports the early resumption of dialogue between the Chinese government and representatives of the Dalai Lama to resolve any concerns and differences that the two sides may have."
The two did not take any questions from reporters.
Mr. Hu said the two leaders made progress during their meeting. He also stressed the need for concrete action to meet what he called common challenges.The two stressed their desire to work together to continue to promote the global economic recovery and to help prevent future economic crises.
They say they will work together in the coming weeks to reach a successful outcome regarding climate change at next month's meeting in Copenhagen.
The two also discussed cooperation in resolving issues of nuclear proliferation and urged the early resumption of talks on North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
Mr. Obama praised China's efforts to play a greater role in the international community.
Mr. Hu said China and the United States will continue to work to resolve economic and trade frictions. He also urged the two sides to work together to fight protectionism.
Following his meeting with Mr. Hu on Tuesday, Mr. Obama visited the heart of China's imperial past, touring the Forbidden City - a vast compound where Chinese emperors lived and ruled for centuries.
Later in the day, he met with Wu Bangguo at the Great Hall of the People. Wu is chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress.
Mr. Obama will wrap up his visit to Beijing on Wednesday and travel to Seoul, South Korea.