Xi, Obama to re­view bi­lat­eral ties at sum­mit

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By CHEN WEIHUA in Wash­ing­ton chen­wei­hua@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

Cli­mate change, the global econ­omy and US strat­egy in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion will be the fo­cus as US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama em­barks on a trip to China for the G20 sum­mit this week, ac­cord­ing to Obama’s se­nior ad­vis­ers.

Obama will de­part the US ter­ri­tory of Mid­way Is­land on Fri­day and ar­rive in Hangzhou the next day for the Sept 4-5 sum­mit. He will dis­cuss bi­lat­eral is­sues with Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, ac­cord­ing to Ben Rhodes, White House deputy na­tional se­cu­rity ad­vi­sor for strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

“I think we’ll be re­view­ing all of the is­sues that have been front and cen­ter in the US-China re­la­tion­ship for the last seven and a half years,” he told a press brief­ing on Mon­day.

Ac­cord­ing to Rhodes, the two coun­tries have made progress on the global econ­omy, cli­mate change, the Iran nu­clear deal and shared con­cern about the sit­u­a­tion on the Korean Penin­sula. How­ever, they also have some dif­fer­ences on cy­ber­se­cu­rity, eco­nomic prac­tices, mar­itime is­sues and hu­man rights.

“I think this is go­ing to be the last oc­ca­sion of this sort for the pres­i­dent to spend sev­eral hours with his Chi­nese coun­ter­part and to re­view the state of US-China re­la­tions, and to try to see where we can make progress and work to­gether on ar­eas of com­mon in­ter­est or bridg­ing some of the dif­fer­ences that have been char­ac­ter­is­tic of the re­la­tion­ship,” he said.

“I think three big pieces of the pres­i­dency are go­ing to be front and cen­ter here through cli­mate change, the global econ­omy and the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion, and I think the sched­ule will il­lus­trate that.”

It will be Obama’s third and pos­si­bly last trip to China as pres­i­dent. He also will visit Laos and at­tend the East Asia Sum­mit and ASEAN Sum­mit.

Brian Deese, White House se­nior ad­vi­sor to the pres­i­dent, de­scribed the re­la­tion­ship be­tween US and China on cli­mate change as “one of the most sig­nif­i­cant driv­ers of global ac­tion over the last sev­eral years”. He de­scribed the China-US joint cli­mate state­ment in Septem­ber 2015 as lay­ing out a road map for the Paris Agree­ment on the cli­mate as well as de­mon­strat­ing ad­di­tional do­mes­tic ac­tion that both coun­tries were tak­ing.

“So we have now de­vel­oped quite a sig­nif­i­cant record of work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively with the Chi­nese on cli­mate change,” Deese said. “And I an­tic­i­pate that we will be able to once again demon­strate our two coun­tries work­ing to­gether on this is­sue when the pres­i­dents meet in China.”

Wally Adeyemo, the White House deputy na­tional se­cu­rity ad­vi­sor for in­ter­na­tional eco­nomic af­fairs, praised G20 coun­tries such as China, Japan and Canada for join­ing the US in tak­ing steps to stim­u­late their economies with ad­di­tional fis­cal mea­sures.

He ex­pects coun­tries to use fis­cal pol­icy, mone­tary pol­icy and struc­tural re­form to ad­vance global growth.

Pro­tec­tion­ism has run strong in the US, with ma­jor pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates Don­ald Trump and Hil­lary Clin­ton op­pos­ing the Trans-Pa­cific Part­ner­ship free trade agree­ment. Trump has de­nied cli­mate change, call­ing it a Chi­nese hoax.

I think we’ll be re­view­ing all of the is­sues that have been front and cen­ter ... for the last seven and a half years.” Ben Rhodes, White House deputy na­tional se­cu­rity ad­vi­sor

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