THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
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For Immediate Release                     November 18, 2009
 
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
IN A BILATERAL MEETING
 WITH PREMIER WEN JIABAO OF CHINA
 
Diaoyutai State Guesthouse
Beijing, China
 
11:49 A.M. CST
 
PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Well, Mr. Premier, I want to thank you very much for your hospitality and this meeting.  And I want to send my regards not only from my delegation but also from the American people.  
 
Now, I can tell you that those members of my government who have had dealings with you before have always come away impressed with your knowledge and your wisdom.
 
We have had very productive discussions over the last two days.  I think President Hu and myself agreed in our first meeting that we wanted to try to deepen the strategic partnership and relationship between the United States and China.  A relationship that used to be focused just on economic and trade issues is now expanding to deal with a whole host of global issues in which U.S.-China cooperation is critical.