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Obama, Xi open California summit with handshake

Saturday - 6/8/2013, 12:00am  ET

President Barack Obama waves as he arrives at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, Friday, June 7, 2013, to attend a fundraising event before meeting with the Chinese President Xi Jinping for two days of talks on high-stakes issues, including cybersecurity and North Korea's nuclear threats. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

JULIE PACE
AP White House Correspondent

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) -- President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) have opened two days of meetings with a handshake at a California retreat.

Obama is welcoming Xi to a sprawling desert estate for talks on high-stakes issues, including cybersecurity and North Korea's nuclear threats. It's the first meeting between the two leaders since Xi took office in March.

Obama and Xi, in suit coats and white shirts but no ties, shook hands under a shaded walkway at the 200-acre Sunnylands estate just outside Palm Springs, Calif. They plan to take questions from reporters Friday evening after a bilateral meeting. They'll also have discussions during a working dinner Friday night and hold additional talks Saturday morning.


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