World View: Obama, China's Xi Jinping Endorse New Cooperative Relationship

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  • China's Xi Jinping and Obama endorse 'new model' of relationship
  • Churchill and FDR never met Hitler
  • Pakistan strongly protests Friday's drone strike

China's Xi Jinping and Obama endorse 'new model' of relationship

Xi and Obama having informal shirtsleeve discussions (Reuters)
Xi and Obama having informal shirtsleeve discussions (Reuters)

Saying that his meeting with China's president Xi Jinping was "terrific," President Barack Obama met with the Chinese leader for several hours on Friday and Saturday. Prior to the meeting, both leaders endorsed a "new model" of U.S.-China cooperation. Prior to the meeting, Obama said:

"This will give me an opportunity to reiterate how the United States welcomes the continuing peaceful rise of China as world power and that in fact it is in the United States' interest that China continues on the path of success.

The United States seeks an international economy and seeks an international economic order where nations are playing by the same rules, where trade is free and fair and where the United States and China work together to address issues like cybersecurity and protection of intellectual property."

Xi also called for "a new model of major country relations," and said,

"I’m confident that our meeting will achieve positive outcomes and inject fresh momentum into the China-U.S. relationship."

Politico and CBS News

Churchill and FDR never met Hitler

Neither American president Franklin Delano Roosevelt nor British prime minister Winston Churchill ever met Germany's Fuhrer Adolf Hitler face to face. However, Churchill's predecessor, Neville Chamberlain did meet Hitler face to face in Berlin, and came back to Britain promising "peace in our time." He came with an agreement signed by Hitler that promised a new model of British-German cooperation. The agreement said:

"We, the German Führer and Chancellor, and the British Prime Minister, have had a further meeting today and are agreed in recognizing that the question of Anglo-German relations is of the first importance for our two countries and for Europe.

We regard the agreement signed last night and the Anglo-German Naval Agreement as symbolic of the desire of our two peoples never to go to war with one another again. We are resolved that the method of consultation shall be the method adopted to deal with any other questions that may concern our two countries, and we are determined to continue our efforts to remove possible sources of difference, and thus to contribute to assure the peace of Europe."

The agreement met with worldwide praise, and was considered to be a historic turning point in German-British relations, in that disagreements would be solved by diplomacy and negotiation.

After the war, Hitler's comments on the meeting were revealed:

"Well, he seemed such a nice old gentleman, I thought I would give him my autograph as a souvenir."

Euro Docs and Gordon State

Pakistan strongly protests Friday's drone strike

Pakistan summoned the U.S. Charge d'Affaires on Saturday to protest Friday's drone strike (see "8-Jun-13 World View -- U.S. snubs Pakistan with new drone strikes in Waziristan"). Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued the following statement:

"On the Prime Minister’s [Nawaz Sharif] instructions, the US Charge d’ Affaires, Ambassador Richard Hoagland was summoned this afternoon to the Foreign Office by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Tariq Fatemi to lodge a strong protest on the US drone strike carried out in North Waziristan on 07 June 2013. The US official was handed a demarche in this regard.

It was conveyed to the US CdA that the Government of Pakistan strongly condemns the drone strikes which are a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The importance of bringing an immediate end to drone strikes was emphasized.

It was also pointed out that the Government of Pakistan has consistently maintained that drone strikes are counter-productive, entail loss of innocent civilian lives and have human rights and humanitarian implications.

It was also stressed that these drone strikes have a negative impact on the mutual desire of both countries to forge a cordial and cooperative relationship and to ensure peace and stability in the region."

Friday's drone strike killed a key Pakistani Taliban commander, Mutaqi alias Bahadar Khan, along with six suspected militants. The drone strikes are extremely unpopular with the Pakistani people, many of whom blame the frequent terrorist violence on the drone strikes. The drone strikes were a major issue in the recent elections that brought Nawaz Sharif to power, and he has demanded several times that they end. However, this puts him in apparent conflict with Pakistan's army and intelligence services, who are thought to favor the drone strikes as an important tool in the fight against the Taliban. Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Dawn (Pakistan)

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