Chinese president in California for summit with Obama

Washington, June 7 (IANS) Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in California for a meeting with US President Barack Obama, which analysts say will help promote the long-term, sound and steady development of China-US relations.

Xi was greeted by officials at Ontario International Airport, in Ontario, California, after his arrival by a special plane, reported Xinhua.

The China-US summit, the first since Xi took office in March, will be held Friday and Saturday at Sunnylands, the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Estate.

Xi and Obama are expected to discuss domestic and foreign policies, as well as issues of pivotal importance and regional and international issues of common concern, Chinese officials said.

Meeting US National Security Adviser Thomas Donilon in Beijing May 27, President Xi said that China-US relations are now at an important stage connecting the past and the future.

Xi called on both countries to take into account the fundamental interests of the two nations and the world and jointly pursue a path that is unprecedented and inspires future generations.

Referring to the China-US summit, Xi said he and Obama will broadly and deeply discuss "important strategic issues of common concern" so as to deepen understanding, enhance mutual trust, accumulate consensus and promote cooperation.

"I am convinced that with joint efforts the summit will make important positive progress and inject new vitality into bilateral relations," Xi said, adding that the summit will benefit the two nations, promote peace, stability and prosperity in Asia, the Pacific region and the world.

China-US relations have maintained good growth momentum in the past four years, with dialogue and cooperation expanding in the areas of trade, energy, environmental issues and culture.

Both China and the US shared a good start in bilateral relations this year and have seen opportunities to boost their growth.

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