Chinese President Hu Jintao and U.S. President Barack Obama met today for several hours to discuss such issues as global economy, international security, the environment, and human rights. President Obama felt this was the opportunity to lay a foundation for 30 years of good Sino-American relations. The White House held a formal dinner for Hu, and the visit appears to be going well. Now just because a world leader comes to the White House doesn't mean America and that country are automatically on good terms, but having a meeting like this between the leaders of two of the most influential countries in the world has to be healthy. There will always be tension between China and the U.S., but it's important for both sides to understand each other and learn how to benefit from each other. Trips like this are pretty commonplace, but getting those two together can't be a bad thing.
U.S., China pledge cooperation on key issues