BEIJING (AP) - President Barack Obama has sat down with Chinese President Hu Jintao in Beijing, hours after suggesting the country should stop censoring Internet access.
It's the third time Obama has met with the Chinese leader. Trade and economic issues are expected to dominate the conversation during what will likely be a lavish dinner in the Forbidden City. They're scheduled to meet again tomorrow.
Before his trip to Beijing, Obama held a town hall-style meeting with university students in Shanghai. There, he spoke bluntly about the benefits of individual freedoms.
He said that freedom of expression and worship, unfettered access to information and unrestricted political participation are "universal rights."
He added he's a "big supporter of non-censorship," when it comes to the Internet.
China has more than 250 million Internet users and employs some of the world's tightest controls over what they see.