Ken Lieberthal provides insight on Chinese and U.S. leaders' joint press conferences

Kenneth Lieberthal

Kenneth Lieberthal

Obama’s Focus in China Is on Leader, Not Public

by Mark Landler, The New York Times, November 10, 2014

‘If you go back to when Chinese leaders have agreed to joint press availabilities, you’ll have a very hard time finding one where they have been willing to take questions,’ said Kenneth G. Lieberthal, a former adviser on China in the Clinton administration. ‘We want it; they don’t. They are the host, and that’s where we end up.’