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Xi, Obama vow to step up cooperation

06-08-2013 16:52 BJT Special Report:China’s Leaders |
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President Xi Jinping has held a joint press conference with his US counterpart Barack Obama after their first meeting. The two heads of state exchanged views on major international and regional issues of common concern and on building a new type of relationship between major powers.

Cyber security topped the agenda of their meeting. The U.S. has complained about hacking from China.

In the press conference, President Xi Jinping said China is firm in upholding cybersecurity.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama meet the press after their meeting at the Annenberg Retreat, California, the United States, June 7, 2013. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

Xi said, "We are highly concerned about cyber security. We are studying the issue and trying to resolve the issue effectively. This is also an area China and the US can carry out pragmatic cooperation on. Through cooperation, we can eliminate suspicion. Our cooperation on cyber security can become a highlight in the future. Because this is our common concern. China is also a victim of cyber attacks."

Building a new type of relationship between major powers is also a priority of their talks.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama meet the press after their meeting at the Annenberg Retreat, California, the United States, June 7, 2013. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

Xi Jinping said that against the backdrop of globalisation and jointly weathering difficulties, China and the US should take a path, different from the previous one of confrontation.

Xi said, "I think both sides should work hard to build a new type of relationship between big powers. The two sides should cooperate with each other for a win-win result in order to benefit people from the two countries and the world."

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama meet the press after their meeting at the Annenberg Retreat, California, the United States, June 7, 2013. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

His words were echoed by President Obama.

Obama said, "I’m very encouraged that both XI and myself recognize to take this unique opportunity to take our relations to a new level and I’m committed not to miss this opportunity."

The two leaders have also vowed to step up economic, trade and military-to-military cooperation.

They have also exchanged views on major international and regional issues such as denuclearization and combatting climate change.

Editor:Zhang Jianfeng |Source: CCTV.com

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