Obama: No need to inflate flap over media at airport
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.