Bloomberg: Moonlight Stroll Can’t Mask Lingering Tensions Between Obama, Xi
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After a dinner that wound late into Saturday night, U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping left their delegations behind and went for a moonlight walk around the shores of West Lake, the World Heritage Site in Hangzhou dotted by temples, pagodas and beautifully kept gardens.
Obama and Xi discussed their exercise routines, the history of the site, and stopped for a drink of tea. The seemingly informal but carefully orchestrated stroll was intended as a chance for the leaders to ruminate on the final months of a working partnership that has paid dividends for both.
But Saturday also demonstrated that their ability to collaborate to fight climate change -- Xi and Obama stood side by side earlier in the day to announce their countries had ratified the Paris climate accord -- hasn’t bridged persistent differences that have overshadowed Obama’s time in office.
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Update: China Focus: China, U.S. underscore common interests, agree to control differences (Xinhuanet).
WNU editor: The Chinese know that President Obama is a lame duck .... their focus right now is on who will be the next U.S. President.