by Xinhua Writer Yan Feng
WASHINGTON, April 1 (Xinhua) -- The first meeting between Chinese President
Hu Jintao and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama in London was a wide-ranging
session that bodes well for the future, a leading American scholar on China-U.S.
relations said Wednesday.
"The two sides agreed to cooperate in a set of areas and they characterized
U.S.-China relationship as positive, cooperative and comprehensive going
forward. So I would overall say that it appears to be a big meeting," said
Kenneth Lieberthal, a political science professor at the University of Michigan.
The first face-to-face meeting between Hu and Obama was wide-ranging,
basically forward-looking, Lieberthal, also a visiting fellow at the Brookings
Institution, a leading think tank based in Washington, D.C., told Xinhua in an
Hu and Obama met on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in London.
Lieberthal noted that the two leaders covered a broad range of issues in a
relatively brief meeting, including energy security, military-to-military
relations, domestic economic policies and approaches to restructuring the global
financial system and dealing with the economic crisis.
The scholar said the establishment of the Strategic and Economic Dialogue
mechanism and the announcement of an Obama visitto China later this year were
also among the major achievements of the meeting.
Substantial attention to clean energy and climate change also received a
separate paragraph in a statement issued by the White House, the scholar added.
Lieberthal said the meeting was of great significance for the future of the
U.S.-China bilateral relationship and the world in three aspects.
He said that the meeting, in the first place, started a relationship whose
quality, mutual trust and dynamism will have an impact on both countries and
"Both men should be in office for nearly four years to come. And so their
capacity to work effectively with each other and to guide their governments to
work effectively with each other is an issue of great significance." he said.
The professor said he also thought that the meeting laid out an ambitious
set of issues for future cooperation between the two countries.
"I think that will set off a revolution in U.S.-China relations toward
having a relationship play a more significant role in addressing global issues
and having global issues play a more significant role in shaping the U.S.-China
relationship. So I think this meeting was quite forward-looking," the scholar
Lieberthal served as a special assistant to the U.S. president for national
security affairs and was a senior director for Asia on the National Security
Council from August 1998 to October 2000 during the Clinton administration.