During a meeting in Washington on Tuesday, U.S.
President Barack Obama pressedChinese Vice President, Si Jingping, on issues such as bilateral trade and human rights.Xi is tipped to be the next Chinese leader in 2013.
Obama said it was "vital" to the United States maintain a strong relationship with Beijing.He sought to balance its intention to start with good reaction with Xi and the political needto take a firm stance against the country since the U.S. is in an election year in which theanti-China sentiment is on the rise.
"We try to emphasize that China's extraordinary development over the past two decades, with expansion of power and prosperity ... This increases the responsibilities, "said the American leader.
"We want to work with China to ensure that everyone is working under the same ruleswhen talking about a global economic system. And this included ensuring that there is abalanced flow not only between U.S. and China, but worldwide. "