Obama: U.S. Always Brings Up Human Rights With Chinese

Although he did not directly address the whereabouts of blind human rights activist Chen Guangcheng, President Obama said when the United States talks to China, it always brings up “the issue of human rights.”

“We think China will be stronger if it opens up and liberalizes its own system,” the president said.

Obama made the comments during a joint press conference with the Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.

The press conference is ongoing. We’ll update this post with more.

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