Obama: US-China relations to shape 21st century - Yahoo! News
Do you agree with this? I must say, that I feel the relationship between the U.S. and China is surely to be the biggest factor in this century. We will either get much accomplished in cooperation, or stagger the world with conflict. Thoughts?WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama, opening two days of high-level talks with China, said the discussions could lay the groundwork for a new era of "sustained cooperation, not confrontation" in a relationship likely to shape the 21st century.
Obama said that Washington and Beijing needed to forge closer ties to address a host of challenges from lifting the global economy out of a deep recession to nuclear proliferation and global climate change.
"I believe that we are poised to make steady progress on some of the most important issues of our times," the president told diplomats from both countries assembled in the vast hall of the Ronald Reagan Building.
Obama said he was under "no illusions that the United States and China will agree on every issue" but he said closer cooperation in important areas was critical for the world.
"The relationship between the United States and China will shape the 21st century, which makes it as important as any bilateral relationship in the world," Obama said.