Xi arrives in California for summit with Obama

US President Barack Obama will host Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Sunnylands. Photo: Courtesy of sunnylands.org

Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in California for summit talks with US President Barack Obama.

The two-day meeting, at a private estate, is the first between the two since Mr Xi became president in March.

The informal setting is seen as a chance for the leaders of the world's largest economies to build a rapport amid a slew of high-stakes issues.

Cyber espionage is expected to top the agenda, with North Korea, Asian security and trade also key topics.

Meeting U.S. National Security Adviser Thomas Donilon in Beijing on May 27, President Xi said that China-U.S. relations are now at an important stage connecting the past and the future.

Xi called on both countries to take into account the fundamental interests of the two nations and the world and jointly pursue a path that is unprecedented and inspires future generations.

Referring to the China-U.S. summit, Xi said he and Obama will broadly and deeply discuss "important strategic issues of common concern" so as to deepen understanding, enhance mutual trust, accumulate consensus and promote cooperation.

"I am convinced that with joint efforts the summit will make important positive progress and inject new vitality into bilateral relations," Xi said, adding that the summit will benefit the two nations, promote peace, stability and prosperity in Asia, the Pacific region and the world.

Early than expected

China-U.S. relations have maintained good growth momentum in the past four years, with dialogue and cooperation expanding in the areas of trade, energy, environmental issues and culture.

Both China and the United States shared a good start in bilateral relations this year and have seen opportunities to boost their growth.

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said that the China-U.S. summit has been well-timed, as the Chinese and U.S. sides both want the heads of state to meet at an early date to discuss and plan the development of bilateral relations.

The meeting would be conducive to strengthening strategic communication, increasing mutual trust, deepening bilateral cooperation and managing differences between China and the United States, analysts said.

"I am very encouraged by the announcement that the two presidents will meet, and especially by the agenda that has been announced," former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said last month in a speech delivered at a forum entitled "U.S.- China Economic Relations in the Next Decade."

"I have the impression that both sides are willing to re-examine their premises, and to see whether they can achieve a relationship based on some perspective that goes beyond the moment - in other words that goes beyond solving immediate problems," Kissinger told the BBC.

The summit "specifically emphasizes the long range relationship, the review of recent interactions, and the definition of long range goals, which could make that meeting a seminal event in Sino-U.S. relations, and also in the relations of the world," Kissinger said.

Xi is on the final leg of his four-nation Americas trip, which has already taken him to Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica and Mexico.


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