Chinese, US presidents meet for first summit

Updated: 2013-06-08 18:43


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

Chinese, US presidents meet for first summit
US President Barack Obama (L) meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) at The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California June 7, 2013. [Photo/Agencies] 

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 US 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-US 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-US interactions with political courage and wisdom, making a "handshake across the Pacific Ocean."

Since then, the Chinese president said, the China-US 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.

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