Obama to hold first meeting with China’s Xi

President Obama plans to hold his first meeting with China’s new president, Xi Jinping, early next month when the two leaders visit California.

(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

The meeting comes as the Obama administration has been urging the Chinese government to take a stronger stance against North Korea, whose young leader’s bellicose rhetoric and provocations escalated this spring.

Obama and Xi plan to meet June 7-8 at Sunnylands, a historic estate in Southern California that has hosted seven U.S. presidents. This is Obama’s first meeting with Xi, who assumed office last November.

In a statement announcing the meeting, the White House said: “President Obama and President Xi will hold in depth discussions on a wide range of bilateral, regional and global issues.  They will review progress and challenges in U.S.-China relations over the past four years and discuss ways to enhance cooperation, while constructively managing our differences, in the years ahead.”

White House National Security Advisor Tom Donilon plans to travel to Beijing next week to prepare for the meeting. In April, Secretary of State John Kerry held talks with Chinese officials in Beijing.

The Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage, Calif., was owned by the late Walter and Lenore Annenberg, who entertained Hollywood celebrities and diplomats alike at the historic property. It is now controlled by the Annenberg Foundation Trust.

Philip Rucker is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post, where he has reported since 2005.

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