WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) early next month in California.
The White House says the meeting will be Obama's first with Xi since Xi became president. The two days of high-level sessions are scheduled for June7-8 and come as both the U.S. and China confront issues of cybersecurity and North Korea's nuclear ambitions.
In a statement, White House press secretary Jay Carney says the meeting will take place at Sunnylands, the Southern California estate of the late diplomat and philanthropist Walter Annenberg and his wife, Leonore. The estate is now used as a retreat for national and international leaders to convene meetings and hold discussions.
Carney says Obama's national security adviser, Tom Donilon, will go to Beijing on May 26-28 to prepare for the meeting.