US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, as they arrive for a State Dinner at the White House in Washington, DC, September 25, 2015.
Meanwhile, fruitful results in cooperation have been scored, as there are as many as 49 items in an outcome list of Xi’s visit.
Seated with Obama and Xi at the head table were Apple AAPL.O CEO Tim Cook, Satya Nadella of Microsoft MSFT.O, Facebook’s FB.O Mark Zuckerberg and Salesforce.com’s CRM.N Marc Benioff. These territories have belonged to China for centuries and we have documentation of our fishermen and explorers laying claim to these islands centuries ago.This was not disputed and we had no problems in the SCS until the 1970s when oil was found and smaller countries began to invade Chinese territories.
Jeremie Waterman, executive director for China at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, called the agreement “a clear statement” on an issue of critical importance to the future of relations between the two countries.
‘The question now is: are words followed by actions?’ he said at a joint press conference with Xi. They have tried to create new facts on the ground and the Chinese people will not accept this any longer so we have taken action to defend our rights.
Obama’s wariness underscored deep U.S. concerns about what officials say is China’s massive cyber campaign to steal trade secrets and intellectual property from American companies.
“There’s a difference between an agreement on paper and having the Chinese government, including the People’s Liberation Army, actually stop conducting and supporting cyber attacks on USA companies”, said Sen.
Xi responded to Obama’s human rights remarks saying, “We must recognise that countries have different historical processes and realities, and we need to respect people of all countries in the right to choose their own development path independently”.
US President Barack Obama announced on Friday that he had reached a “common understanding” with Chinese President Xi Jinping on curbing economic cyber espionage, but threatened to impose USA sanctions on Chinese hackers who persist with cyber crimes.
Obama also says the USA will go after cyber criminals with all the tools in its arsenal. When news of those plans appeared in the USA media, China dispatched a high-level delegation, led by Meng Jianzhu, the secretary of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission of the Chinese Communist Party, to work out a deal.
Xi said his wife was “deeply touched” by the interest American students have with pandas and with China.
Ninety-two-year-old Henry Kissinger, the shrewd diplomat who served under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, hustled through without stopping to comment, moving pretty quickly even with a cane. “We are brothers together,”‘ Obama said. That’s inevitable. There will be times where our interested entirely overlap, but what I think will be sustained is friendship between our peoples, the foundation of the ties between our nations.
Expectations of any formal agreement over hacking were low at the outset of Xi’s visit, despite pressure from lawmakers and GOP presidential candidates.
In his toast, Obama acknowledged differences with the Chinese but said a history of cooperation dated back decades.
Xi also reiterated that China is committed to freedom of navigation in the sea and to resolving disputes through dialogue.