“Our decision to so meet early . . . signifies the importance of the U.S.-China relationship,” U.S. President Barack Obama said when he welcomed President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China for their first summit just months after President Xi took office. “It’s important not only for the prosperity . . . and the security of our two countries, but it’s also important for the Asia Pacific region and . . . the world.”
President Obama reiterated that the United States welcomes the peaceful rise of China because “we believe that a peaceful and stable and prosperous China is not only good for Chinese but also good for the world and for the United States.”
“As two of the largest economies in the world, we’re going to have a healthy economic competition, but we also have a whole range of challenges on which we have to cooperate,” President Obama said.
These include cyber security, the protection of intellectual property, North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, proliferation, global climate change, human rights, and an international economic order where nations play by the same rules and trade is free and fair.
“What both President Xi and I recognize is that because of . . . advances in technology . . . the issue of cyber security and the need for rules and common approaches to cyber security are going to be increasingly important as part of bilateral relationships and multilateral relationships.”
“Both the Chinese people and the American people want a strong, cooperative relationship."
“In addition . . . I will continue to emphasize the importance of human rights,” President Obama said. “President Xi [Jinping] has spoken of a nation and a people that are committed to continuous self-improvement and progress. History shows that upholding universal rights is ultimately a key to success and prosperity and justice for all nations.”
“Both the Chinese people and the American people want a strong, cooperative relationship, and. . . there’s a strong recognition on the part of. . . both President Xi and myself that it is very much in our interest to work together to meet the global challenges that we face,” President Obama said in conclusion. “I’m very much looking forward to this being a strong foundation for the kind of new model of cooperation that we can establish for years to come.”