Obama: No need to in­flate flap over me­dia at air­port

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHANG YUNBI in Bei­jing zhangyunbi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama said on Sun­day his talks with his Chi­nese coun­ter­part Xi Jin­ping a day ear­lier had been “ex­tremely pro­duc­tive” and that the sig­nifi-cance of a row be­tween US and Chi­nese of­fi­cials at the air­port upon his ar­rival shouldn’t be overblown. "I wouldn’t over­crank the sig­nif­i­cance” of ten­sions at the air­port, Obama told a news con-fer­ence in the Chi­nese city of Hangzhou, where global lead­ers are con­ven­ing for a G20 sum­mit, ac­cord­ing to Reuters. Mean­while, a Chi­nese offi cial told China Daily on Sun­day that the prin­ci­ple of China’s press ser-vice for the on­go­ing G20 Lead-ers Sum­mit is to “sub­scribe to ac­cepted in­ter­na­tional prac­tice, of­fer con­ve­nience to re­porters and en­sure a good or­der there. "Wang Xin­ing, head of the G20 Hangzhou Sum­mit press cen­ter, made the com­ment in re­sponse to US me­dia al­le­ga­tions that US press mem­bers ar­gued with Chi-nese per­son­nel when the US Air Force One was land­ing in East China’s Hangzhou city on Sept 3.“As I was not on the spot, I am not in the po­si­tion to re­count with great ac­cu­racy. But our whole press ser­vice group has made a large num­ber of prepa­ra­tions in var­i­ous as­pects for this G20 Sum-mit,” Wang said. Wang said he be­lieves that all of his col­leagues have sub­scribed to the prin­ci­ple of press ser­vice when tack­ling each as­sign­ment to en­sure both con­ve­nience for re­porters and a good or­der. When asked about the re­cent re­ported fail­ure of three Ger­man jour­nal­ists in ob­tain­ing press cards for the sum­mit, Wang con-fi rmed that the re­porters did come to Hangzhou for the press cards. "It turned out that stand-alone re­porters did not suc­ceed in reg­is­tra­tion, ac­cord­ing to the reg­is­tra­tion pro­ce­dure and time du­ra­tion we have is­sued. So their names were not in the record,” Wang said. Given that the re­porters ar­rived in Hangzhou, the press cen­ter re­quested that Hangzhou city ad­min­is­tra­tions add them into the side­line vis­its, Wang added.


US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama speaks at a press con­fer­ence on Sun­day dur­ing the G20 Sum­mit in Hangzhou, Zhe­jiang prov­ince.

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