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Xi meets Obama aide ahead of US trip
May 28, 2013, 8:01 am


Tom Donilon (left) is in China to prepare for the upcoming summit between the leaders of the two nations [Xinhua]

Chinese President Xi Jinping has said he is looking forward to holding strategic discussions with his US counterpart Barack Obama.

“I am convinced that with joint efforts the upcoming summit will make positive progress and inject a new vitality into bilateral relations,” President Xi said.

Tom Donilon, National Security Advisor to US President Barack Obama, met the new Chinese leadership on Monday, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

The two countries relationship is at a “critical juncture to build on successes and open up new dimensions for the future,” Xi told Donilon.

Donilon is in China to prepare for the upcoming summit between the leaders of the two nations.

The Chinese president and President Obama will meet from June 7-8 in California – the first of this kind since both nations have ushered in new leaders.

Obama “is firmly committed to building a relationship defined by higher levels of practical cooperation and greater levels of trust, while managing whatever differences and disagreements that may arise between us,” Donilon told Xi.

The leaders of the two most powerful economies will meet at the 200-acre Walter and Leonore Annenberg estate in Rancho Mirage, California.

The meeting, however, comes under a shadow of a recent round of bitter accusations traded by both sides on protectionism, cyber-security, human rights reports, military pivots.

A confidential report obtained by the Washington Post and published today says that US military officials suspect China is behind a series of hackings of designs for some of America’s most important and sensitive weapons systems.

The Pentagon had earlier this month, in a report to Congress, named the Chinese government as the driver behind cyber-espionage against the US.

Also, the US administration’s announcement of a “pivot to Asia” strategy in October 2011 drew widespread suspicion and criticism in China.

America’s military pivot towards Asia, moving away from middle-east engagements and towards ensuring China does not dominate the Asian region has been a sore issue in Sino-US ties.

The BRICS Post