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Obama, Hu hold talks as world watches
Updated: 2009-11-17 11:00

BEIJING: President Barack Obama is opening his talks with Chinese president Hu Jintao by saying that strong dialogue between the US and China benefits not just those two nations but the whole world.

Obama and Hu on Tuesday sat down for what the US leader has called a "meeting of the minds." The topics for the meeting were expected to be the globe's biggest issues - climate change, economic recession, nuclear proliferation and more.

Hu welcomed Obama to the second of three meetings and said he appreciated the United States' posture coming into the meetings. Hu says he looked forward to having an "in-depth relationship" with Obama.

The two leaders appeared before reporters before making joint statements later Tuesday.