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Obama, Xi Meet in California

Obama, Xi Meet in Californiai
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June 08, 2013
President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping are holding a series of informal discussions at an estate in California. As VOA's Kent Klein reports from Washington, the two leaders met for more than two hours and discussed cybersecurity and North Korea.

Obama, Xi Meet in California

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Kent Klein
— President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping are holding a series of informal discussions at an estate in California. The two leaders met for more than two hours and discussed cybersecurity and North Korea.

As the presidents began their first session, Obama assured  Xi that the United States welcomes the peaceful rise of China as a world power.

"It is in the United States' interests that China continues on the path of success, because we believe that a peaceful and stable and prosperous China is not only good for Chinese, but also good for the world and for the United States," said the president.

Obama addressed several areas in which Washington and Beijing disagree, including charges by both sides of trade protectionism and cyber theft.

"And the United States seeks an international economy and international economic order where nations are playing by the same rules, where trade is free and fair, and where the United States and China work together to address issues like cybersecurity and protection of intellectual property," he said.

The president mentioned efforts to curb North Korea's nuclear missile program as one of many areas of Sino-U.S. cooperation.

Xi said the China-U.S. relationship has reached a new historical starting point. He said he believes China and the United States can build a new model of a major-country relationship.

Friday's meeting was the first of several the two leaders have scheduled over two days at the California estate.

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by: oldlamb from: China
June 08, 2013 5:03 AM
It's always gentle and friendly when the top players are meeting together.It doesn't only respect themselve, but also respect the strength behind them.


by: chenluofang from: china
June 08, 2013 2:58 AM
we all konw that we chinese love a peceful world.

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