President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China said they were building a new model of co-operative relations after 40 years of diplomatic ups and downs as they wound down a second day of talks Saturday that included discussion of a nuclear-armed North Korea,cyber-espionage,climate change,free trade and human rights.
Xi said he and Obama reached important consensus on these issues when they spoke to reporters during a break late Friday,after meeting for more than the planned three hours and before a nearly two-hour working dinner.
But Obama cautioned,Weve got a lot of work to do to take these broad understandings down to the level of specifics,and that will require further discussions in the weeks,months,years to come.
Xi referred repeatedly to a new model of major-country relationship,reflecting his own ambitions that China emerge as an equal partner to the US on the global economic and diplomatic stage,even as its wary Pacific Rim neighbors look to Washington to check Beijings rise.
On American accusations that Chinas military broke into US computer systems,Xis response defensive and evasive. I note sharp increased media coverage of the issue of cybersecurity, Xi said. This might give people the sense or feeling that cybersecurity as a threat mainly comes from China.