Progress in the US-China Relationship?

By MichaelJames

Jan 19, 2011 8:59pm

The U.S. and China have released a long joint statement. One point that seems newsworthy is what the White House says is the first time China has publicly expressed concern about North Korea’s uranium enrichment program:

"Agreeing on the crucial importance of denuclearization of the peninsula in order to preserve peace and stability in Northeast Asia, the United States and China reiterated the need for concrete and effective steps to achieve the goal of denuclearization," the statement says.

Also, as we highlighted on "World News" this evening, Chinese President Hu – while insisting that “China is always committed to the protection and promotion of human rights” and arguing that the world needs “to take into account the different and national circumstances when it comes to the universal value of human rights” – added that “a lot still needs to be done in China, in terms of human rights.”

National security experts on China both in and our of the administration say they believe this is the first time Hu has said such a thing publicly.

Our "World News" spot:

-Jake Tapper

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