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Obama Visits China, Censorship and Government Issues

Posted on: November 16, 2009

Obama addressing a crowd of students in Shanghai

President Barack Obama recently took and still is taking his tour and visit of China to expand on his global relationships and give speeches regarding the country’s policies. He spoke in Shanghai, China yesterday and in his speech, emphasized that “The United States and China do not have to be at odds despite the challenges facing them”(CNN). Obama wants to further the US-China relationship in a way that will benefit both economic world powers. China is the biggest lender to the United States’ 1.46 trillion dollar debt. Another hot topic that Obama wanted to address was China’s tight censorship policies. According to CNN, “These freedoms of expression and worship, of access to information and political participation, we believe are universal rights,” Obama continued. “They should be available to all people, including ethnic or religious minorities, whether they are in the United States, China or any other nation.” A major example of the censorship is the blocking of major social networking and media sites, Facebook and Youtube from Mainland China internet servers.

China has proved it belongs in the world’s superpowers and Obama’s visit signifies a bond that will help the United States in tackling many international issues they are facing. One major issue is the climate change. China and the United States are working towards a new partnership on the development of clean-energy projects.

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1 Response to "Obama Visits China, Censorship and Government Issues"

That the Chinese government managed, or scripted, Barak Obama while not budging on the issues says something about the Chinese character that few outside of China realize. I’ve just posted on this at http://euandus3.wordpress.com/2009/11/18/china-stage-managing-barak-obama/, drawing on my visit to China.

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