12 April, 2010
[hang nadim]Najib temui Obama
BARACK Obama mengadakan perbincangan dua hala dengan Najib Tun Razak di Washington Convention Center sebelum mengambil bahagian dalam Sidang Kemuncak Keselamatan Nuklear di Washington, Amerika Syarikat, semalam. – AFP
WASHINGTON 12 April – Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak hari ini mengadakan mesyuarat dua hala dengan Presiden Amerika Syarikat (AS), Barack Obama di Walter E. Washington Convention Center di sini, sebelum mengambil bahagian dalam Sidang Kemuncak Keselamatan Nuklear di tempat yang sama.
Pertemuan kira-kira setengah jam itu yang membuka lembaran baru dalam hubungan Kuala Lumpur-Washington turut disertai oleh Pemangku Menteri Luar, Datuk Seri Dr. Rais Yatim; Duta Besar Malaysia ke AS, Datuk Seri Dr. Jamaludin Jarjis dan tujuh lagi pegawai tinggi kerajaan.
Rais yang juga Menteri Penerangan, Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan sebelum ini memberitahu wartawan Malaysia, pertemuan hari ini akan menyentuh pelbagai perkara mengenai kepentingan bersama dan antarabangsa.
Ini termasuk soal perdagangan dan pelaburan, keselamatan antarabangsa dan rantau Asia Tenggara serta peranan yang boleh dimainkan oleh Malaysia dalam konteks dunia Islam.
Najib juga mengadakan perbincangan dengan Naib Presiden AS, Joseph Biden di kediaman rasminya di sini sebelum kembali semula ke Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Sebelum ke sidang kemuncak dua hari itu, Perdana Menteri mengambil kesempatan mengadakan mesyuarat dua hala dengan Perdana Menteri New Zealand, John Key yang turut menghadiri sidang kemuncak itu yang disertai oleh 47 pemimpin dunia.
Sidang kemuncak yang bertujuan menangani isu-isu berkaitan senjata nuklear bermula selepas itu dengan majlis perasmian disempurnakan oleh Obama.
Najib akan mengadakan perbincangan dengan Setiausaha Negara AS, Hilary Clinton pada majlis makan malam. – UTUSAN
UPDATE 1-Hu says China will not be pressured on yuan
Mon Apr 12, 2010 9:19pm EDT* China's Hu says yuan rise would not solve U.S. problems
* Hu says global economic recovery at critical stage
BEIJING, April 13 (Reuters) - China will "firmly stick" to its own path for yuan reform, President Hu Jintao said in a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, emphasising that Beijing would not be pushed by external pressure.
Faced with a chorus of U.S. calls to let the yuan rise, Hu said China would base any decision on its own economic and social needs and stressed that a stronger yuan would not be a panacea for woes afflicting the world's largest economy.
"Yuan appreciation would neither balance Sino-U.S. trade, nor solve the unemployment problem in the United States," the official Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday in an account of a bilateral meeting that took place in Washington.
Beijing has frozen the yuan's exchange rate against the dollar since mid-2008 to help cushion its economy from the global downturn, but the strength of China's recovery has fuelled criticism of this policy as well as market expectations that it is about to resume appreciation.
Hu said that China does not seek a trade surplus with the United States and would like to increase its imports from the country, the report added. To that end, he urged the United States to loosen its export controls over high-tech products.
Hu met with Obama on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit.
Obama repeated his call for more yuan flexibility, but trod carefully with his focus on securing Chinese backing for tougher sanctions against Iran's nuclear activities. For story, see: [ID:nN08208811]
Hu said that China wished to strengthen dialogue and coordination with the United States on the Iranian nuclear issue, as well as a range of other topics, from climate change to nuclear developments in North Korea.
The bulk of the Xinhua report was devoted to what Hu said about the economy and the yuan.
"China will firmly stick to a path of reforming the yuan's exchange rate formation mechanism, based on our own economic and social development needs," Hu told Obama, according to Xinhua.
"In making reforms, we will give careful consideration to global economic developments and changes, as well as to China's economic condition," he said.
The world economy was at a critical moment in its recovery after the global financial crisis, with many uncertainties lying ahead, Hu said.
Both China and the United States faced difficult tasks in promoting economic growth, creating jobs and changing their economic structures, he added.
"Under such circumstances, we should strengthen cooperation and together maintain international economic and financial stability," Hu said.
Offshore yuan forwards (NDFs) edged down against the dollar on Monday after China reported on the weekend its first monthly trade deficit in 6 years, which could reinforce Beijing's caution on the yuan, weighing against any substantial revaluation. [ID:nTOE63B04J] (Reporting by Simon Rabinovitch; Editing by Ken Wills)