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  • Statements | 18 November, 2009 (15:34)

    Hu, Obama Meeting A Missed Opportunity For Openness

    The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China regrets the missed opportunity to demonstrate openness when Chinese President Hu Jintao and U.S. President Barrack Obama read statements to the media at a press conference Nov. 17.

    Following the prepared statements, there was no chance for reporters attending the event to ask questions, which would have highlighted what Obama told college students in Shanghai earlier in the week about the benefits to society of freedom of expression.

    “This was an historic meeting between the two leaders, and journalists should have had the opportunity to ask questions, to probe beyond the statements,” said FCCC President Scott McDonald.