Obama strikes right note on China

President Barack Obama needed to hit the right note on China as Hu Jintao, his counterpart from the most populous country, looked on. It seems he has succeeded.

Speaking before a phalanx of reporters, Obama stressed the need for the two countries to reach common ground on matters of trade. He also chided China -- fairly gently -- over the treatment of ethnic minorities, such as the Tibetans and Uighars. The speech also reminded the Chinese -- in the most diplomatic language imaginable -- to respect the rights of its citizens, which it regularly tramples upon.