Chinese president speaks hopefully of U.S. visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping says Beijing’s relationship with Washington is at a critical juncture to build on past successes and open up new dimensions for the future.

The statement came at a meeting in Beijing Monday with U.S. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, who is in China to lay the groundwork for a summit between Xi and U.S. President Barack Obama next week in the United States.

Donilon told the Chinese president that the summit will be an important opportunity for the two presidents to have in-depth discussions about U.S.-China relations.

The talks will take place at the secluded desert resort of Sunnylands in the western U.S. state of California June 7 and 8.

Among the issues that are likely to be discussed are tensions over North Korea’s latest nuclear test, U.S. accusations of Chinese government-backed cyberspying, which Beijing denies, and China’s territorial disputes with Japan and Southwest Asian neighbors.

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