The U.S. and China began three days of high-level talks in Beijing Monday with the intention to strengthen ties, but while the U.S. has many security and economic issues it would like China to look at, China only wants to secure its geopolitical stability and be otherwise left alone.
The Obama administration has pushed for China to revalue its currency. President Hu Jintao made reference to continuing currency reform but made it clear that they would do so on their own terms.
The U.S. also came up against resistance on security issues when Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton pressed China to support measures against North Korea, who allegedly torpedoed a South Korean warship in March. China, who has close ties with Pyongyang and is also not convinced of their role in the attack, is reluctant to support such measures.