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Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived on June 7 in the United States where he met his counterpart Barack Obama for the first time since taking office in March. The summit was held in Rancho Mirage, California, at a site, Sunnylands, that has been used dating back to President Dwight D. Eisenhower for presidential meetings. The two leaders exchanged views on domestic and foreign policies, as well as "issues of pivotal importance and regional and international issues of common concern," Chinese officials said. The day before, on June 6, China and the United States have held their 6th consultation on strategic security and multilateral arms control in Beijing. The two sides agreed to enhance mutual trust, boost the development of bilateral relations and jointly work for both global and regional peace and stability.
According to White House officials, the two delegations "have a very broad agenda" that touches upon issues that are "directly relevant to the lives and interests of the American people" from economic growth around the world to some of the leading security challenges like the situation in North Korea, to cyber-security, which is "so important to US businesses and security," they said. The building of a stronger relationship between the United States and China greatly participates in the United States' strategy in the Asia-Pacific region. In addition to strengthening America's alliances in the Asia Pacific, White House officials explained, a big part of President Obama four-and-a-half year effort to rebalance US approach to the Asia Pacific region has been to shape the region and to influence China's behavior and China's emergence as a major actor in a positive way.
In the past indeed, the Obama administration has done much to know who was the man poised to become China's leader. As Vice President, Mr. Xi met with his counterpart Joseph Biden in August 2011 in Beijing, and with President Obama at the White House in February 2012. In 2011 already, official statements stressed the importance of Mr. Jinping. "Vice President Xi Jinping had a long conversation with (Mr. Biden)," a Chinese government communiqué underlined, an unusual way to indicate the significance of the meeting, DiploNews noticed.
With (then-)President Hu Jintao, "we have continually tried to move forward on the basis of recognizing that a cooperative relationship (…) is not only in the interests of the United States and China, but is also in the interest of the world," President Obama said. "Throughout this process I have always emphasized that we welcome China's peaceful rise," Mr. Obama added. "Both China and the United States are winners. This is a truly win-win situation," Mr. Xi already stated, after he reminded however that Taiwan – and US arms sales – remained "the most important and most sensitive issue in China-US relations." Since President Xi has taken office, it seems Taiwan has been relegated to a position of secondary importance. Are we attending the building of a China-US condominium?
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