In addition to securing a major climate change pact with China, President Barack Obama was also able to convince Chinese President Xi Jinping to allow reporters to ask questions of the two leaders—something Beijing rarely allows.
At the news conference Wednesday, Obama called upon reporter Mark Landler of The New York Times, a paper that enjoys tense relations with Beijing because of its critical coverage of China's leadership.
Landler, stating he wanted to "grab [his] chance with the president of China," asked whether Beijing viewed the Obama administration's "pivot" to Asia as an effort to contain China, as well as whether China would open itself up to more foreign journalists.
Xi’s response? To initially ignore the question altogether and instead call upon a Chinese reporter.
ABC News correspondent Jim Avila said reporters in the room were "stunned."