President Barack Obama is calling for a "firm understanding" of how the
United States and China will work together to resolve their differences
on cybersecurity. Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping began two days
of meetings Friday at an estate in California.
Barack Obama talks with President Xi Jinping of China at the Annenberg
Retreat at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, Calif., June 7, 2013. (Official
White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The president and his Chinese counterpart met for more than two hours,
and focused on the contentious issue of cybersecurity.
Obama said advances in technology have created a need for clear
protocols about what is and is not acceptable for governments to do.
The U.S. accuses China of hacking into American government and business
Xi said his country is "firm in upholding cybersecurity." He said China
has also been hit with cyberattacks, but did not say who was
Before Friday's talks, Obama said areas of tension between the two
countries are inevitable, but Washington and Beijing should work
"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," said 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,"
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.