Obama-Medvedev more reported than Obama-Hu


Interestingly, at this moment, newspapers in America and Britain are headlining President Barack Obama’s meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, launching negotiations for a new nuclear arms treaty – but not Obama’s equally important meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao.

Incidentally, the hottest G20 coverage so far has been on Twitter! The Financial Times has been following the demonstrations on Twitter. The tweets give a blow by blow account of the action. See FT’s G20 protests Twitter alerts. One can also search #g20 on Twitter for more tweets on G20.

Also not to be missed is Xinhua’s G20 coverage. Bland, but it’s the official voice of China.

The Washington Post mentions Obama’s meeting with Hu inside a report that begins with his meeting with the Russian president.

There could be two reasons for this: A new nuclear arms treaty is big news, and Obama met Medvedev first. He met Hu later. The media takes time to develop each story.

And, besides as this CNN video of the press conference shows, it was rather ho-hum.

Bloomberg reports:

President Barack Obama will visit China this year after being invited by Chinese President Hu Jintao today, and both leaders agreed to set up a regular talks.

The White House website has a “statement on bilateral meeting with President Hu Jintao of China”. It also has “remarks by President Obama and Russian President Medvedev after meeting”.