Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Barack Obama the leaders of the world’s largest economies have begun a two-day summit, the first meeting between them since Mr Xi became president in March.
Topping the agenda is expected to be cyber espionage with reports suggesting President Obama will complain about suspected Chinese hacking of US secrets.
“We also have a whole range of challenges on which we have to cooperate from North Korea’s nuclear missile programmes to proliferation to issues like climate change, international economic order where nations are playing by the same rules, where trade is free and fair and where the United States and China work together to address issues like cyber security and protection of intellectual properties,” explained President Barack Obama.
The US President also told his counterpart that the United States welcomed China’s “peaceful rise” as a world power. Obama has been urged by activists to raise the issue of the “China 16” a group of individuals detained on political or religious grounds.
The summit comes months earlier than expected. They had been due to meet at an economic summit in September.