BEIJING Nov 17 Chinese President Hu Jintao
hailed U.S. President Barack Obama's recognition of sovereignty
issues dear to China, after a bilateral meeting in Beijing on
"China approves of President Obama's repeated reiteration of
the one-China principle," Hu told reporters.
Hu referred to China's "sovereignty over Taiwan and other
matters" during a state visit in which some Western analysts had
predicted that China would also demand an explicit declaration by
Washington of China's sovereignty over the restive frontier
regions of Tibet and Xinjiang.
Washington switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei,
capital of self-ruled Taiwan, to Beijing in 1979 but remains the
island's main arms supplier.
Obama did not meet Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai
Lama, when he was in Washington in early October. But the Dalai
Lama has said they may meet after Obama returns from China, which
condemns the Buddhist monk as a separatist for demanding Tibetan
The Dalai Lama fled into exile in India after an abortive
uprising in 1959, nine years after Chinese troops marched into
the Himalayan region.
(Reporting by Chris Buckley; Writing by Lucy Hornby; Editing
by Ken Wills)