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Obama Confronts Chinese Premier

The U.S. might owe China a lot of money, but President Obama didn't shy away from directly confronting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Saturday. Just before the end of the latest East Asia summit, Obama asked to talk with Wen, who said that the one issue he didn't want to discuss was China's controversial claims to the resource-rich South China Sea. And that's the issue on which Obama called Wen out on, as did almost all Asian leaders during the last meeting of the conference later in the day. A White House official said Wen was “grouchy” but constructive as he responded to the concerns.