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Friday, September 25, 2015, 17:57

Xi, Obama have 3-hour-long talk on ties

By Xinhua

Xi, Obama have 3-hour-long talk on ties
President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, walk on the North Lawn of the White House in Washington, Sept 24, 2015, for a private dinner at the Blair House, across the street from the White House. (AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ce neta)

WASHINGTON - Chinese President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart, Barack Obama, exchanged views on governance, bilateral ties and other issues of common concern in a three-hour-long talk in the Blair House Thursday night.

Recalling their previous meetings in California of the United States and in Beijing, Xi said such in-depth communications help chart the course for and inject vigor into the development of China-US relations.

Besides, Xi said that reform and opening up are basic state policies of China and fundamental driving forces for the country's future development.

"China will never close its door to the outside world," he said, pledging a more open, relaxed and transparent environment for foreign business to invest and operate in China.

Sticking to the path of peaceful development is a strategic choice China has made based on objective judgements of the past, the present and the future, Xi said, adding that his country will also unswervingly safeguard its sovereignty, security and development interests.

Xi arrived in Washington earlier Thursday after a two-day stay in West Coast hub Seattle, continuing his first ever state visit to the United States.

Xi and First Lady Peng Liyuan were welcomed by US Vice President Joe Biden and his wife at Andrews Air Force Base, when the Chinese leader's plane arrived at around 5:40 pm local time (2140 GMT on Wednesday).

Xi will receive a grand welcoming ceremony Friday at the White House, hold talks with Obama, meet the press and attend a state dinner.

He will also meet US parliament leaders and attend a welcoming luncheon hosted by Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry.

The two sides are expected to reach important agreements on economy and trade, energy, people-to-people exchanges, climate change, environmental protection, finance, science and technology, agriculture, law enforcement, defense, aviation and infrastructure development.

The Xi-Obama summit will be the fifth between the two leaders.

Xi, Obama have 3-hour-long talk on ties
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan wave as they arrive in Andrews Air Force Base, Md, Sept 24, 2015, en route to Wa shington for a State Visit. (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster)

In June 2013, three months after Xi took assumed Chinese office, he traveled to the US state of California and held a no-necktie summit with Obama, during which they reached consensus on building a new model of major-country relationship between the world's two largest economies.

Obama paid a state visit to China in November 2014, during which they enjoyed an exceptional night stroll in the Zhongnanhai compound in central Beijing. They also met in September 2013 and in March 2014 on the sidelines of two international summits.

Before flying to the US capital, Xi concluded a busy two-and-a-half-day stay in the West Coast technology and aviation hub of Seattle, where he put forward a four-point proposal on the development of the new model of major-country relationship.

The Chinese president will be in New York from Sept 26 to 28 for a series of summits and meetings marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.

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