Xi arrives in California for summit with Obama

Updated: 2013-06-07 09:51


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Xi arrives in California for summit with Obama

A photograph made available by The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands on June 6, 2013, shows the new Sunnylands Center, designed by Fred Fisher and Partners, Rancho Mirage, Calif, USA, on Nov 14, 2011. US President Barack Obama will meet with China's President Xi Jinping on June 7-8, 2013, at Sunnylands. It will be their first meeting since Xi Jinping became Chinese president. [Photo/CFP]

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-US summit has been well-timed, as the Chinese and US 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 US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said last month in a speech delivered at a forum entitled "US- China Economic Relations in the Next Decade."

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-US relations, and also in the relations of the world," Kissinger said.

Upon Xi's election as China's new president in March this year, Xi and Obama had telephone talks on the expansion of cooperation and mutual respect between China and the United States.

Obama said during the phone conversation that currently, US-China relations are faced with a historic opportunity to chart a course for future development.