Obama pushes human rights in meetings with Chinese

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Posted: Nov 17, 2009 4:21 AM

President Barack Obama is pushing China on human rights, telling President Hu Jintao the U.S. believes all men and woman have "certain fundamental rights."

Obama met with his counterpart during two meetings Tuesday and pushed for improved treatment of Chinese ethnic and religious minorities. Obama said they agreed to continue the discussion in a session scheduled for early next year.

Obama's adviser for Asia, Jeff Bader, told reporters later that the United States had a fresh perspective on human rights, given Obama's global popularity and his efforts to close the detention facility for suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Bader also says the U.S. case is helped when the "salesman" is as persuasive as Obama.