This is being blacked out in China ( go figure ) but thought to post it here. GO HERE FOR LIVE UPDATES http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/...se-p_n_811046.html#15_human-rights-discussion Today 3:02 PM Human Rights Discussion Here's the AP's take on the human rights back-and-forth during the press conference: For Hu's part, he at first didn't respond to an American reporter's question on human rights differences between the two countries. Pressed about it in a later question, he said technical difficulties in translation had prevented him from hearing the question. Hu said that each of his meetings with Obama â€” eight including Wednesday's â€” the rights issue had been raised. "China is always committed to the protection and promotion of human rights," Hu said. He said that China had "made enormous progress" in its practices. "China recognizes and also respects the universality of human rights," he said. "It recognizes and also respects the universality of human rights. At the same time, we need to take into account the different national circumstances. China is a developing country with a huge population, and also a developing country in a crucial stage of reform." China "faces many challenges in social and economic development. A lot still needs to be done in China on human rights," the Chinese president and Communist Party leader said. He said that while China "is willing to engage in dialogue" with the U.S. and other nations on human rights issues, countries must exercise "the principle of noninterference in each other's internal affairs." Today 2:36 PM China Blackout? According to @vhernandezcnn, the press conference is being blacked out in China. He tweets: From our CNN producer in Beijing: CNN broadcasts of the President Hu & Obama presser is being blacked out in China Today 2:34 PM Cultural Exchange A lot of emphasis on both sides is being placed on the importance of cultural and person to person exchanges to foster "mutual understanding." Obama notes that a lot of Chinese people think that the U.S. doesn't welcome China's rise, but says this isn't true so long as the rise is "peaceful." Hu notes that no country can "single-handedly" solve the world's problems, and that the U.S. and China need to work together to face global challenges. Today 2:26 PM Translation Issues The translation is causing problems and confusing both the leaders and the journalists. A Chinese journalist specifically asks that his question be translated accurately. Today 2:12 PM Another Human Rights Question Hu is being pressed again on human rights, with a reporter noting that he did not answer the previous question. Hu responds that he didn't hear the question because of translation issues. He then says that China is always committed to human rights and has made great strides in that area. He notes, however, that different "national circumstances" should be taken into account, as China is a developing country. He emphasizes, however, the Chinese line that the U.S. should not meddle in internal Chinese affairs. Today 2:05 PM 'We Want To Sell You All Sorts Of Stuff' Obama notes that the U.S. is looking forward to a robust Chinese market, and goes on to elaborate on all the "stuff" the U.S. would like to sell in China (including cars, planes and software). Today 2:02 PM Reporter From China Asks About U.S. Comfort With China Hu notes that there are strong ties between the U.S. and Chinese people, including abut 7,000 people traveling between the two nations each day. He referred again to the need for increased student exchange between the two nations. Commenting on whether or not the U.S. can be truly comfortable with an ascending China, Obama says "China's peaceful rise is good for the world." Today 1:50 PM AP Asks The First Question An AP reporter asked a strongly worded question about human rights, and also threw in some speculation that Chinese Amb. Jon Hunstman would run for president in 2012. After deflecting the Hunstman query, Obama said that China has a different political system but that Americans support the "universality of certain rights." He stressed again that the two nations can engage on what they do agree on and that he will continue to celebrate the achievements of the Chinese people. Today 1:42 PM Hu Speaks On 'Mutual Respect' Hu says that the U.S. and China must "respect each other's sovereignty," He emphasized again the need for "mutual respect" between the nations, as well as "consultation on equal footing." Today 1:37 PM Obama On 'Universal Rights' Obama said that the U.S. and China would pursue a dialogue on human rights, and that while the U.S. acknowledges that Tibet is part of China, more conversations with the Dalai Lama would be forthcoming. Today 1:32 PM Obama On 'Healthy Competition' Obama says that cooperation between the U.S. and China is "good for the world" but that there should also be "healthy competition." He stressed that American businesses need a "level playing field" when competing in China. Today 1:23 PM Red Carpet Welcome Highlighting the warm reception was a red carpet welcome waiting for Hu Jintao at the White House. You can see pictures of the elaborate ceremony on the South Lawn here.