Skip to main content

Obama, Xi work through range of issues in 2-day summit

By Jessica Yellin, CNN Chief White House Correspondent
updated 10:50 AM EDT, Mon June 10, 2013
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping wrap their Sunnyland summit
  • Aides say the location offered the two leaders a quiet place to work through a range of issues
  • Discussed North Korea, cyber attacks and climate change issues
  • Obama agreed to hold a similar informal summit next in China

Palm Springs, California (CNN) -- President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping wrapped up their Sunnyland summit Saturday with a late-morning stroll in the California desert.

Obama declared the visit "terrific."

Over two days, the two leaders met for a total of eight hours at the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, just outside Palm Springs in California.

The summit, held just four months after Xi took office, was meant to launch a close new relationship with a new Chinese leader.

U.S.- China summit under way
Kissinger on U.S.-China relations

The backdrop was unusual.

Opinion: Obama, talk about political reform with Xi

Sunnyland is a private estate of the Annenburg family. It is better known for hosting Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, and Ronald Reagan spent New Year's Eve 18 times there.

Aides say the location offered the two leaders a quiet place to work through a range of issues.

Among them:

North Korea - The leaders agreed to keep up pressure on the country to rein in its nuclear ambitions.

Cyber attacks - According to the White House, the Chinese acknowledged the problem, agreed to investigate and work out "rules of the road."

"I believe we can work together on this rather than at cross-purposes," Obama said.

Climate change - For the first time, China agreed to work with the United States to limit the production of greenhouse gases.

Obama gave the Chinese leader a parting gift: a bench made of California wood.

During the summit, President Xi publicly invited Obama to visit China.

White House officials say the president agreed. Now, they are looking to hold a similar informal summit outside Beijing in the not-too-distant future.

Opinion: What Obama should tell Xi about North Korea

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
updated 7:13 AM EDT, Fri October 17, 2014
A smuggler in Dandong, a Chinese border town near North Korea, tells CNN about the underground trade with North Korean soldiers
updated 2:54 AM EDT, Fri October 17, 2014
Yenn Wong got quite a surprise one morning earlier this month when she found out an exact copy of her Hong Kong restaurant had opened in China.
updated 11:15 PM EDT, Tue October 14, 2014
When I first came across a "virtual lover" service on e-commerce site Taobao, China's version of Amazon, I thought it was hype.
updated 9:15 AM EDT, Tue October 14, 2014
Each year Yi Jiefeng does what she can to stop China turning into a desert.
updated 10:54 AM EDT, Mon October 13, 2014
As its relationship with the West worsen, Russia is pivoting east in an attempt to secure business with China.
updated 10:29 PM EDT, Tue October 7, 2014
Aspiring Chinese comics performing in Shanghai's underground comedy scene hope to bring stand-up to the masses.
updated 12:54 PM EDT, Tue September 30, 2014
Liu Wen is one of the world's highest-paid models and the first Chinese face to crack the top five in Forbes' annual list of top earners.
updated 7:44 AM EDT, Fri October 3, 2014
Cunning wolf? Working class hero? Or bland Beijing loyalist? C.Y. Leung was a relative unknown when he came to power in 2012.
updated 7:25 AM EDT, Thu October 2, 2014
 A man uses his smartphone on July 16, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. Only 53.5% of Japanese owned smartphones in March, according to a white paper released by the Ministry of Communications on July 15, 2014. The survey of a thousand participants each from Japan, the U.S., Britain, France, South Korea and Singapore, demonstrated that Japan had the fewest rate of the six; Singapore had the highest at 93.1%, followed by South Korea at 88.7%, UK at 80%, and France at 71.6%, and U.S. at 69.6% in the U.S. On the other hand, Japan had the highest percentage of regular mobile phone owners with 28.7%. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)
App hopes to help those seeking a way out of China's overstrained public health system.
updated 8:20 PM EDT, Thu October 2, 2014
Yards from pro-democracy protests, stands the Hong Kong garrison of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), China's armed forces.
updated 7:23 AM EDT, Thu October 2, 2014
The massive street rallies that have swept Hong Kong present a major dilemma for China's leadership.
updated 3:07 AM EDT, Sat September 27, 2014
Chinese wine drinkers need to develop a taste for the cheap stuff, not just premium red wines like Lafite.
updated 9:09 PM EDT, Tue September 23, 2014
The Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader, set off a media kerfuffle this month when he spoke about his next reincarnation.
updated 10:18 AM EDT, Sun September 28, 2014
He's one of the fieriest political activists in Hong Kong — he's been called an "extremist" by China's state-run media — and he's not old enough to drive.
updated 10:57 PM EDT, Mon September 22, 2014
China has no wine-making tradition but the country now uncorks more bottles of red than any other.
updated 5:29 AM EDT, Tue September 16, 2014
Christians in eastern China keep watch in Wenzhou, where authorities have demolished churches and removed crosses.
updated 1:38 AM EDT, Wed September 10, 2014
Home-grown hip-hop appeals to a younger generation but its popularity has not translated into record deals and profits for budding rap artists.
ADVERTISEMENT