President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart, Barack Obama, vowed to build a “new model of major country relationships” as they opened two days of talks on a range of issues.
Hosting Xi at the Sunnylands Estate in southern California, Obama said the US welcomed the “peaceful rise of China as a world power”. But he pressed Beijing on its human rights and cybersecurity, and urged it to play by common economic rules.
Xi invited his host to visit China.
The two had not been scheduled to meet until the Group of 20 summit in September, but both nations sought an earlier meeting amid rising friction between them over issues including China’s alleged hacking of US computer networks and America’s military pivot to the Asia-Pacific.