SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) SHI YINGSHAN, CNC CORRESPONDENT
“Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is making his first state visit to the US – is treated to full honors on Friday in Washington, including a 21-gun salute welcoming ceremony, a formal summit in the oval office, a joint news conference and a black-tie state dinner. The Xi-Obama summit is the fifth between the two heads of state.”
With a 21-gun salute, Chinese President Xi Jinping was welcomed by his U,.S. counterpart Barack Obama on the White House lawn Friday morning.
In his speech at the welcoming ceremony, Xi said his ongoing state visit to the United States is for peace and cooperation.
He said both China and the U.S. must uphold the right direction of building a new model of major-country relations, make sure the relationship is defined by peace, respect and cooperation, and see through it that it keeps moving forward on the sound track of steady growth.
And three hours later, Xi and Obama held a joint press conference during which the two leaders announced results of their bilateral talks. And one of the highlights is on cyber security issues.
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) XI JINPING, Chinese President
“China and the US are two major cyber countries and we should strengthen dialogue and cooperation. Confrontation and friction are not made by choice for both countries. During my visit, competent authorities of both countries have reached important consensus on joint fight against cyber-crimes. Both sides agree to step up crime cases, investigation assistance and information-sharing.”
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH)BARACK OBAMA, US President
“Today I can announce that our two countries have reached common understanding on the way forward. We’ve agreed that neither the U.S. or the Chinese government will conduct or knowingly support cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property, including trading secrets or other confidential business information for commercial advantage.”
The two leaders also discussed topics of common concerns, including on South China Sea, climate change and economic cooperation.
The Xi-Obama meeting is the fifth between the two heads of state.