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Obama Confronts Chinese: Expresses 'Disappointment and Concern With China’s Handling of the Snowden Case'

8:29 AM, Jul 12, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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According to a readout of Barack Obama's meeting with the co-chairs of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, which was emailed to reporters, President Obama appears to have confronted the Chinese about the handling of Edward Snowden.

"The President expressed his disappointment and concern with China’s handling of the Snowden case," the readout claims. No other details are provided, and it's not clear how the Chinese at the meeting responded.

Obama previously said of Snowden while he was visiting Africa, "I'm not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker." 

The full readout states:

Readout of the President’s Meeting with the Co-Chairs of theU.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue

The President met today with China’s Special Representatives to the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, Vice Premier Wang Yang and State Councilor Yang Jiechi.  ThePresident underscored the importance of increasing practical cooperation on regional and global challenges while constructively managing our differences and areas ofcompetition.  The President discussed the economic reforms underway in China and their compatibility with policies theAdministration is pursuing at home.  He also welcomed China’s important new commitment to open its economy to U.S. investment in a bilateral investment treaty that it is negotiating with the United States.

The President and the Chinese Special Representatives agreed on the fundamental importance of denuclearization of theKorean Peninsula, and welcomed efforts to deepen cooperation to achieve that shared goal.  The President reiterated concerns about cyber-enabled theft of trade secrets,and welcomed joint efforts to develop rules and norms ofbehavior in cyberspace.  The President urged China to manage its maritime disputes with its neighbors peacefully, withoutthe use of intimidation or coercion. He added that the United States would continue to speak out in support of international norms such as the protection of universal human rights. ThePresident expressed his disappointment and concern withChina’s handling of the Snowden case.

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