Xi, Obama spend more than eight hours discussing national affairs


Xi Jinping and Barack Obama Photo: Baidu.com

How long did Xi and Obama spend together on June 7? Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi revealed that the time added up to more than eight hours, including a banquet and a 40-minute walk. Yang said that the Xi–Obama talks covered a wide range of issues such as domestic situation, Sino-US relations, international and regional problems, political security, bilateral relationships, cyber security and climate change.

US National Security Advisor Tom Donilon said that the meeting, held not long after Obama started his second term and Xi was appointed Chinese president, is crucial for the transformation and recovery of the global economy, and new rules and mechanisms should be formulated to meet global and regional challenges. Good personal relationships between the two national leaders will also lay a solid foundation for the development of Sino-US relations in the next 10 years. 

Yang Jiechi described the meeting as an unprecedented exchange between the leaders of the two countries. He said, “This meeting is strategic, constructive and historic and will have a profoundly positive impact on the future development of Sino-US relations, and the peace, stability and prosperity of the Asian-Pacific Region and the entire world.”

He said the two national leaders talked frankly to each other instead of trying to elude disagreements, which reflected the two countries’ great concern for Sino-US relations. 

The meeting adapted to the needs required by further development of the Sino-US relations in the new era and embodied the strategic significance of Sino-US relations and its global impact.

(Article translated by Billie Feng.)

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