At the White House press conference yesterday president Hu Jintao first did not answer a question about human rights in China. Only when an other journalist later reminded him about his refusal did Hu reply with this blatant lie:
"China is always committed to the protection and promotion of human rights, and, in the course of human rights, China has also made enormous progress, recognized widely in the world,"
President Obama did call human rights "a very serious issue", but very carefully avoid criticizing Hu during the press conference. According to an administration official Obama did mention Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiabo in the private meeting with Hu. But as a Nobel laureate himself, Obama should of course have publicly and loudly called for the release of Liu Xiaobo.