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While some media in Washington, D.C., were slamming Chinese leader Hu Jintao and his regime for human rights abuses, back in the Mainland state media was toting Hu's visit as an overwhelming success. Any mention of U.S. leaders challenging Hu over human rights abuses were wiped out from the internet in China. Both U.S. President Barack Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi brought up the Tibet issue with Hu during his 68-hour visit. Here's how he responded.
During a luncheon with U.S. business leaders on Thursday, Chinese leader Hu Jintao reiterated a theme that has been playing over state-run newspapers and television in China—that U.S.-China relations must be "based on mutual respect and mutual benefit."
And to be clear, Hu gave two examples, saying Tibet and Taiwan are "issues that concern China's territorial integrity and China's core interests."
Hu said tensions would be strained if the United States continued selling weapons to Taiwan. In other words, he was warning the U.S. to stay out.
Just a few hours before Hu's address, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had challenged him over the Tibet issue and the ongoing detention of Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo.
And a day earlier, President Barack Obama had brought up the issues of Tibet and the Dalai Lama during a press conference with Hu.
The luncheon in Washington, D.C., was held in Hu's honor, hosted by the National Committee on United States-China Relations and the US-China Business Council.