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Assistant FM outlines upcoming Xi-Obama summit


08:19, May 30, 2013

BEIJING, May 29 (Xinhua) -- The upcoming China-U.S. presidential summit in California reflects the importance and uniqueness of bilateral relations, a Foreign Ministry official said on Wednesday.

The summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled for June 7-8 in Rancho Mirage, California.

It will be the first face-to-face meeting between the presidents of China and the United States since both nations carried out their most recent leadership transitions, Zheng Zeguang, assistant Chinese foreign minister, told a press briefing.

"Both sides believe the summit arrangement is appropriate and shows the importance and uniqueness of China-U.S. relations," Zheng said.

He said China-U.S. relations are entering an historic period, facing important strategic opportunities.

"Both sides expect their presidents to meet at an early date so as to communicate and outline the future of China-U.S. relations," according to Zheng.

During the summit, Xi and Obama will have extensive and in-depth discussions of important and strategic issues of common concern, deepen understanding, enhance strategic trust, promote pragmatic cooperation and give guidance on building a new type of relations between big powers, the assistant foreign minister said.

Zheng added that China believes the visit, with joint efforts, will make positive progress and play an important role in promoting China-U.S. cooperation.

He recalled a telephone discussion between Xi and Obama in March, saying the leaders reaffirmed their commitment to developing China-U.S. cooperative relations.

Zheng also reviewed a spate of visits to China over the past few months by U.S. officials and military leader, including Secretary of State John Kerry, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey.

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