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Obama Discusses Ukraine Resolution With Chinese Leader

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US President Barack Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Saint Petersburg on September 6, 2013 on the sideline of the G20 summit. World leaders met at the G20 summit in Russia as tensions over the Syrian conflict threatened to torpedo the work plan of the summit. Pleas for Washington to step back from a war path grew louder, with China, the United Nations and even the pope chiming in. AFP Photo/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Ima | JEWEL SAMAD via Getty Images

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) have agreed on the importance of upholding Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The White House says the two leaders spoke Sunday evening. The White House says Obama and Xi have a shared interest in finding a peaceful resolution to the dispute between Ukraine and Russia and reducing tensions in the region.

Russian military forces have taken control of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula. Lawmakers there plan to hold a referendum Sunday on whether to become part of Russia.

China has frequently sided with Russia against the West. But Beijing also frequently argues on behalf of maintaining territorial sovereignty.

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