Obama flays China on market access and human rights


Sydney – US President Barack Obama said in Canberra on Thursday that ‘all of our nations have a profound interest in the rise of a peaceful and prosperous China.’ But he pledged to ‘continue to speak candidly to Beijing about the importance of upholding international norms and respecting the human rights of the Chinese people.’ On the second and final day of his visit to Australia, the president returned to his theme that China was ‘gaming’ the world economy. ‘History teaches us that the greatest force the world has ever known for creating wealth and opportunity is free markets,’ Obama told assembled parliamentarians. ‘So we seek economies that are open and transparent, we seek trade that is…

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