President Obama met with Chinese vice president Xi Jinping Tuesday and sounded like Spider-Man's Uncle Ben, saying, "We have tried to emphasize that because of China’s extraordinary development over the last two decades, with expanding power and prosperity also comes increased responsibilities." The visit was a friendly one, with Xi telling reporters, "I hope my visit will be a visit to build consensus, to expend the cooperation, and deepen the friendship," but both Obama and Vice President Biden urged China to do better on human rights. Speaking through an interpreter, Xi appeared ready to accept the superhero (superpower?!) role after hearing the wisdom of others:
We are not always going to see eye to eye, we are not always going to see things exactly the same, but we have important, very important economic and political concerns that warrant we work together...
Yesterday evening, soon after my arrival in Washington, D.C., I met with a very distinguished group of veteran U.S. political leaders. I sought their advice on the future development of our relationship, and their wise and practical suggestions have provided me with much food for thought.
After their speeches, Xi met with state department leaders and insisted China made "tremendous" advances in human rights in the last three decades, the Associated Press reports. Still, Xi allowed, "Of course there's always room for improvement."
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