Xi, Obama meet for first summit

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with U.S. President Barack Obama at the Annenberg

Retreat, California, the United States, on Friday of June 7, 2013.   Photo by Lan Hongguang

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping (1st from right) meets with U.S. President Barack Obama

(1st from left) at the Annenberg Retreat, California, the United States, on June 7, 2013.

Photo by Lan Hongguang

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama meet the press after

their meeting at the Annenberg Retreat, California, the United States, on June 7, 2013.

Photo by Yao Dawei

 

By Xu Ke

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart, Barack Obama, met on Friday of June 7 in this picturesque estate in Rancho Mirage, California, to exchange views on major issues of common concern.

Obama received Xi upon his arrival, and the two heads of state greeted each other.

At the beginning of the meeting, Xi thanked Obama for the invitation, saying that he was glad to hold talks with the U.S. president at Sunnylands.

“Sunnylands is close to the Pacific Ocean, and China is just on the other side of the ocean,” Xi said.

Xi recalled his visit to the United States last year when he said that the vast Pacific Ocean has enough room to accommodate the development of the two large countries of China and the United States.

“Today I meet here with President Obama to map out a blueprint for the development of China-U.S. relations and conduct cooperation across the Pacific Ocean,” the Chinese president said.

More than four decades ago, Xi said, the then leaders of the two countries opened the door for China-U.S. interactions with political courage and wisdom, making a “handshake across the Pacific Ocean.”

Since then, the Chinese president said, the China-U.S. relations, despite ups and downs, have achieved historic progress and brought huge benefits to the two peoples.

Noting that their relationship now stands at a new historic starting point, Xi said the two countries share important converging interests, from promoting each other’s economic development and steady global economic recovery to addressing international and regional hot issues and global challenges.

That requires, he added, the two nations to strengthen bilateral cooperation.

Xi stressed that China and the United States, under new circumstances, should have an in-depth review of their ties.

“What kind of a relationship do we need? What type of cooperation should China and the United States have to achieve win-win results? How can both countries work together to promote peace and development in the world? These questions are major concerns not only of the two countries and two peoples, but also of the whole international community,” he said.

The Chinese president called on the two sides to work together to build a new type of relations between major countries in an innovative and active way to serve the fundamental interests of the two peoples and to promote development and progress of human society.

Xi said that he was looking forward to having extensive and in-depth exchanges with Obama on major strategic issues of common concern, so as to strengthen mutual understanding and promote comprehensive cooperation between the two countries.

“I believe with joint efforts of both sides, the summit will achieve important and positive results, and inject new vigor into the future development of China-U.S. relations,” Xi said.

Obama, for his part, welcomed Xi’s visit and said the U.S.-China relationship is important not only for the prosperity and security of the two countries, but also for the Asia Pacific region and the whole world.

“Our decision to meet so early, I think, signifies the importance of the U.S.-China relationship,” the U.S. president said.

He said that the unusual setting in which the U.S. side is hosting Xi also reflects the importance they attach to the bilateral relationship.

The summit meeting provides an opportunity for both sides to have a more extended conversation, to share their visions for their respective countries and to discuss the construction of a new model of cooperation between countries based on mutual interest and mutual respect, he said.

Obama said his country welcomes the continuing peaceful rise of China as a world power and in fact it is in the interest of the United States that China continues on the path of success.

“We believe that a peaceful, stable and prosperous China is not only good for Chinese but also good for the world and for the United States,” he said.

Both the Chinese and the U.S. people want a strong and cooperative relationship, Obama said, adding that he is willing to work together with Xi to meet the global challenges.

“I’m very much looking forward to this (Xi’s visit) being a strong foundation for the kind of new model of cooperation that we can establish for years to come,” he said.

Following the meeting, Xi and Obama had a working dinner. They will meet again on Saturday morning.

The summit is the first face-to-face meeting between the presidents of China and the United States since the two countries completed their latest leadership transitions.

Xi arrived in the U.S. state of California on Thursday, after wrapping up a three-nation Latin America tour, which took him to Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica and Mexico.

 

 

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Chinese President Xi Jinping poses for a photo with U.S. President Barack Obama

before their meeting at the Annenberg Retreat, California, the United States,

on June 7, 2013.   Photo by Xie Huanchi

 

 

China, U.S. agree to build

new type of relations

 

By Yan Feng 

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart, Barack Obama, agreed on Friday of June 7 to build a new type of relations between China and the United States which could avoid the traditional path of confrontations and conflicts between major countries.

The two leaders made the commitment at a joint press conference following their first face-to-face meeting at Sunnylands, a 200-acre (81-hectare) Annenberg estate in Rancho Mirage, California.

Xi said he had an in-depth, sincere and candid discussion and reached important consensus with Obama on the domestic and foreign policies of China and the United States, the construction of a new type of relations between major countries, and international and regional issues of common concern.

“I stated very clearly to Obama that China will be firmly committed to the path of peaceful development and will unswervingly deepen reform and open up the country,” Xi said, adding that China will work hard to realize the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation and to promote the noble cause of peace and development for mankind.”

By the Chinese dream, we seek to have economic prosperity, national renewal and people’s well-beings. The Chinese dream is about peace, development, cooperation and win-win results, and it is connected to the American dream and beautiful dreams of people in other countries,” the Chinese president said.

He said Obama and he believed that as the economic globalization develops rapidly and all countries need to sail in the same boat when faced with difficulties, China and the United States should find a new type of relationship between major countries that is different from the past one featuring inevitable confrontation and conflicts.

Both sides agreed to expand all levels of dialogues and communications and keep increasing mutual understanding and trust, Xi said. “I look forward to maintaining close exchanges with Obama through mutual visits, bilateral meetings, exchange of phone calls and letters.”

“I invite Obama to come to China at a proper time for a similar meeting like this and we will exchange visits as early as possible,” Xi said.The two sides will closely cooperate to ensure positive outcomes at a new round of the strategic and economic dialogue, people-to-people exchanges and high-level consultations between China and the United States, the Chinese president said.

Chinese Minister of National Defense and Minister of Foreign Affairs will also visit the United States at invitations, he added.

The two sides agreed to step up cooperation in extensive fields of economy and trade, energy, environment, people-to-people and cultural exchanges as well as local level exchanges, in order to deepen the shared interests of the two countries and expand them to all areas, Xi said.

“We should also improve and strengthen the military-to-military relationship between the two countries and promote the building of the new model of military relationship between the two sides,” he said.

“We should also improve coordination on macro-economic policies, strengthen cooperation which can contribute to our respective development, and promote strong, sustainable and balanced economic growth in the Asia Pacific region and the world at large,” Xi said.

“I am confident in our joint efforts to build a new model of major country relationship. I believe success depends on human efforts,” he said.

“Firstly, both sides have the political will to build the relationship. Secondly, our cooperation in the last over 40 years provides a good foundation for cooperation. Thirdly, between China and the United States there are over 90 inter-governmental mechanisms which provide the institutional underpinning for our efforts. Fourthly, there is strong public support for this kind of relationship between China and the United States. There are 220 pairs of sister provinces and states and cities between China and the United States. There are nearly 190,000 Chinese students in the United States and over 20,000 American students in China. Fifthly, there is enormous scope for future cooperation between China and the United States,” Xi said.

“This endeavor is unprecedented and will inspire future generations,” he said. “We need to deepen mutual understanding, strengthen our mutual trust, develop our cooperation and manage our differences so that we can avoid the traditional path of inevitable confrontation between major countries and really embark on a new path.”

“The Chinese nation and the American nation are great nations and the Chinese people and the American people are great peoples. As long as we stand high and look far, as long as we make specific progress and accumulate them over time, as long as we maintain confidence and determination, as long as we have wisdom and patience, I am confident that we will succeed in achieving this cause,” Xi said.

Obama said he and Xi had constructive discussions on extensive issues.He said it is very important to understand each other’s strategic objectives at military and political levels, adding that Washington is taking steps to institutionalize and regularize such exchanges.

“I emphasized my firm belief to President Xi that it is very much in the interests of the United States for China’s continuous peaceful rise because if China is successful, that helps to drive the world economy and puts China in a position to work with us as equal partners in dealing with many of the global challenges that no single nation can address by itself,” Obama said.

He said both Xi and himself recognize the unique opportunity to take the U.S.-China relationship to a new level. The U.S. president said he is absolutely committed to not missing this opportunity.

Responding to a question about cyber security, Xi emphasized that China is a victim of cyber attacks and firmly supports cyber security. Both China and the United States share the concern over cyber security.Within the framework of the China-U.S. strategic security dialogue, both sides agreed to set up a working group to address and continue to discuss cyber security issues.

“By conducting good-faith cooperation, we can remove misgivings and make information security and cyber security a positive area of cooperation between China and the U.S.,” Xi said. 

 

 

 

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U.S. President Barack Obama welcomes Chinese President Xi Jinping to join a walk before

heading into their second meeting, at the Annenberg Retreat, California, the United States,

on Saturday of June 8, 2013. Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama

held the second meeting here to exchange views on economic ties.   Photo by Lan Hongguang

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping  and U.S. President Barack Obama take a walk before heading

into their second meeting, at the Annenberg Retreat, California, the United States, on June 8, 2013.

Photo by Lan Hongguang

 

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama have a talk on a bench

while taking a walk before heading into their second meeting, at the Annenberg Retreat,

California, the United States, on June 8, 2013.   Photo by Lan Hongguang

 

 

Xi, Obama hold second

meeting on economic ties

 

By Yu Zheng

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama held the second meeting here on Saturday of June 8 to exchange views on economic ties.

The two leaders informed each other of their domestic economic situation and discussed how to strengthen China-U.S. economic relations.

Xi said that China’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 7.7 percent in the first quarter of this year, which is conducive to adjusting economic structures and improving quality and efficiency of the economic growth.

“We have full confidence in sustained and healthy long-term economic development,” Xi said.

Being quite optimistic about the bright future of the Chinese economy, we recognized there are some risks and challenges, Xi said. However, the risks and challenges are generally controllable and relevant measures have been taken to prevent and address such risks and challenges.

He said that the keynote of China’s macro-economic policies is to make progress while maintaining stability.

China is speeding up the transformation of its economic development mode and pushing forward industrialization, informatization, urbanization and agricultural modernization, Xi said, adding that the innovation-driven development strategy and expansion of domestic demand provide enormous scope for development.

China is in a pivotal stage to transform its economic development mode, which brings about great market potential as well as new sources for growth, Xi said.

“China is more than capable of overcoming difficulties and challenges and keeping sustained, long-term healthy development,” Xi said.

Economic cooperation is a cornerstone of China-U.S. relations, Xi said. As the two biggest economies in the world, China and the United States have forged an economic relationship featuring high complementarity and convergence of interests.

“We should enhance our awareness of opportunities, the win-win situation and innovation, deepen and expand bilateral economic cooperation and strive to explore new converging interests and growth points of cooperation,” Xi said.

It is China’s hope that the United States will carry out responsible macro-economic policies, be heedful of the spillover effects of the U.S. economic and financial policies, stick to free trade, loosen restrictions on hi-tech exports to China, offer equal treatment to Chinese enterprises which invest in the United States, ensure the safety of Chinese assets in the United States, and join hands with the Chinese side to set up a new pattern for China-U.S. economic relations, he said.

Xi suggested that the two countries increase cooperation in mutual investment, energy and infrastructure construction as well as cooperation at sub-national levels, which are of overall strategic significance to both sides.

In the past two days, Xi said, he and Obama focused on building a new type of China-U.S. relations, conducted candid, in-depth exchanges of views on bilateral ties and major international and regional issues.

The summit meeting conveyed positive signals to the international community that China and the United States are committed to strengthening strategic communications, promoting mutual trust and facilitating the construction of a new type of China-U.S. relations in a concerted effort to safeguard regional and world peace, stability and prosperity, Xi said.

Obama briefed Xi on the current economic situation in the United States.

He said the extensive economic ties between the United States and China are vital to stability and prosperity of both countries and exert great influence on world economy.

Washington encourages Chinese companies to invest in the United States, Obama said. And the United States is willing to take measures to loosen restrictions on hi-tech exports to China.

Obama said both Xi and himself recognized the unique opportunity to take the U.S.-China relationship to a new level, adding he is absolutely committed to not missing this opportunity.

Before heading into the meeting, the two leaders took a walk at the picturesque Sunnylands, a 200-acre (81-hectare) Annenberg estate in Rancho Mirage, California.

The two presidents held their first meeting and had a working dinner Friday, exchanging views on international and regional issues of common concern.

Xi arrived in California on Thursday of June 6 after wrapping up a three-nation Latin American tour.

 

 

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping (3rd from right) meets with the Governor of California

Jerry Brown (2nd from left) in California, the United States, on  June 8, 2013.

Photo by Xie Huanchi

 

 

Chinese President voices

confidence in China-U.S.

cooperation

 

By Yan feng 

Chinese President Xi Jinping said in Palm Springs on Saturday of June 8 that he is fully confident that there is a broad prospect for cooperation between China and the United States.

Xi made the remarks when meeting with Californian Governor Edmund Brown shortly before wrapping up a two-day meetings with his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama.

The two presidents met twice and took a walk together over the weekend at Sunnylands, a 200-acre picturesque estate in the Californian city of Rancho Mirage.

Xi thanked Brown and other state officials for their hospitality and arrangements in hosting the face-to-face meeting between him and Obama, the first since the two countries completed their latest leadership transitions.

Xi told Brown that he and Obama had in-depth, sincere and candid discussions on bilateral relations as well as international and regional issues of common concern, and reached important consensus.

Both sides agreed to build a new type of major country relationship based on mutual respect, mutual benefits with win-win results and laid out a comprehensive blueprint for the future development of bilateral ties, Xi said.

Speaking positively of the achievements and efforts made by Californian state government in promoting cooperation and exchanges with China, Xi said local-level cooperation can consolidate societal basis for China-U.S. relations.

Both China and the United States have been making structural adjustments, maintaining economic growth and increasing employment, which provide numerous opportunities for cooperation, Xi said.

China is willing to expand economic cooperation and two-way investment with California and strengthen cooperation with the state in such fields as clean energy, information technologies, infrastructure construction and culture industries.

Brown said it is an honor of California to host the meetings between the Chinese and U.S. presidents.

He said the world needs China and the United States to build a new type of major country relationship, which is in the fundamental interests of the two countries and their people.

California wants to strengthen cooperation and exchanges with China to make greater contribution to the development of U.S.-China relations, the governor said.

Xi arrived here Thursday after wrapping up a three-nation Latin American tour, which had taken him to Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica and Mexico.

 

 

Chinese President

leaves California

after China-U.S. summit

 

By Huangyi Jiazi

Chinese President Xi Jinping left California for home on Saturday afternoon of June 8 after his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, at which they agreed to build a new type of relationship between the two countries.

Xi and Obama held two rounds of talks from Friday to Saturday at Sunnylands, a 200-acre (81-hectare) Annenberg estate in Rancho Mirage, California, the first face-to-face meeting between them since the two countries completed their latest leadership transitions.

At their second gathering earlier in the day, the two presidents informed each other of their domestic economic situation and exchange views on the economic relations between China and the United States.

Economic cooperation is a cornerstone of China-U.S. relations, Xi said, adding that China and the United States have forged an economic relationship featuring high complementarity and convergence of interests.

The China-U.S. cooperation would benefit not only the two countries but also world growth at large, Xi said.

For his part, Obama said his country encourages Chinese companies to invest on its soil and is willing to take measures to loosen controls on hi-tech exports to China.

On Friday, the two leaders agreed to build a new type of relations between China and the United States, which could avoid the traditional path of confrontations and conflicts between major countries.

Before arriving in the United States, Xi concluded a three-nation Latin American tour, which took him to Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica and Mexico.

 

 

 

NEW POST   updated on June 9

Chinese President returns to Beijing

after three-nation visit, Obama meeting

 

By Hou Lijun

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping returned to Beijing on Sunday evening of June 10 after state visits to Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica and Mexico, as well as a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama.

Xi paid state visits to Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica and Mexico from May 31 to June 6.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Friday that Xi’s three-nation Latin American tour has yielded fruitful results.

During the visit, Xi held in-depth discussion with the leaders of the three countries. He also held talks with the leaders of eight Caribbean nations in Port of Spain, capital of Trinidad and Tobago.

The visits improved mutual trust and set a clear direction for the development of bilateral ties and China’s relations with Latin America and the Caribbean, Wang said.

During the visit, China signed 24 agreements with the three nations, covering cooperation in various fields.

After wrapping up the Latin America tour, Xi arrived in the U.S. state of California on Thursday and had a two-day meeting with Obama at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California on June 7-8.

The summit is the first face-to-face meeting between the presidents of China and the United States since Xi assumed the presidency in March and Obama won a second presidential term in the last November elections.

 

 

 

Xi, Obama meeting

meaningful

in forging relations

 

By Tian Ye and Ren Ke

The meeting between Xi Jinping and Barack Obama at Sunnylands marked a meaningful step forward in forging a new type of relations between China and the United States, scholars have said.

On June 7 and 8, Chinese President Xi met his U.S. counterpart Obama at Sunnylands, a 200-acre (81-hectare) Annenberg estate in Rancho Mirage, California. They exchanged views on domestic and foreign policies of the two countries as well as international and regional issues of common concern.

“Xi and Obama have acknowledged face-to-face that building a new type of relations between China and the U.S. is an important strategic goal,” said Tao Wenzhao, a researcher at the Institute of American Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

The significance of the meeting was brought to prominence because leaders of the two countries have set aims for future Sino-U.S. relations, he said.

At a joint press conference following their first face-to-face meeting on Friday, Xi called on both countries “to avoid the traditional path of inevitable confrontation between major countries and really embark on a new path.”

The new type of relations was raised by China in 2012. Its significance was further highlighted when it was written in a report delivered to the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China held in November.

Qu Xing, head of the Institute of International Studies, believed the key to developing such relations is to avoid confrontations between an established power and a rising power.

In the 20th Century, the most well-known confrontation was between the U.S. and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, which lasted for more than four decades and only ended after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

“It is also in the U.S. interest to avoid confrontation,” Tao said. He believed the U.S. has responded positively on the development of building a new type of relations with China.

In a recent interview with the Chinese media, U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke said the U.S does not believe that an established power must be in conflict with a rising power. “That has been the old mentality.” he said.

At a joint press conference following Xi and Obama’s Friday meeting, Xi said both sides agreed to expand all levels of dialogue and communication to strengthen mutual understanding and trust.

Both sides agreed to step up cooperation in extensive fields such as economy and trade, energy, environment, people-to-people and cultural exchanges as well as local level exchanges.

The two sides also believed it was important to improve and strengthen the military-to-military relationship, and promote strong, sustainable and balanced economic growth in the Asia Pacific region and the world at large.

Tao Wenzhao said such agreements have showed, as the world’s two largest economies, both China and the U.S. are committed to map out practical plans.

Qu Xing said the Sunnylands meeting represents a very successful attempt at advancing a new type of Sino-U.S. relations, and an important diplomatic achievement for China.

Despite much emphasis on fostering relations with major countries, the advancement of relations with developing nations remains important for China, said Tao.

Prior to his visit to the U.S., Xi paid state visits to Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica and Mexico. In March, Xi chose Russia, Tanzania, South Africa and the Republic of Congo as destinations of his first foreign trip since he became president, in the same month.

“China has not slacked in its efforts to strengthen ties with developing countries,” said Qu.

 

 

 

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