Associated Press

Posted on June 6, 2013 at 6:06 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 6 at 6:06 AM

Chinese President Xi Jinping is meeting with President Barack Obama in California on Friday and Saturday after stops in Trinidad & Tobago, Costa Rica and Mexico. The Associated Press is moving these stories leading up to Xi's visit:


BEIJING — President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping face weighty issues when they meet at a private estate in California next week, but their most important task may simply be establishing a strong rapport. Tucked away at a mansion with a private golf course on the edge of the Mojave Desert, Obama and Xi will search for the kind of personal chemistry that has eluded their predecessors for the past several decades. With the bilateral relationship growing ever more critical and complex, how well the leaders click matters even more now. By Christopher Bodeen and Matthew Pennington. AP photos.

US-CHINA (Moved Sunday)

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will be looking for signs from China's leader at their upcoming meeting that Beijing is ready to address its reported high-tech spying, which the White House sees as a top threat to the U.S. economy and national security. The summit Friday and Saturday at a California estate also is aimed at establishing personal ties between Obama and President Xi Jinping as relations between the global powers grow increasingly complex. Obama needs Xi's help in stemming nuclear threats from North Korea and Iran, combating the violence in Syria, and continuing the U.S. economic recovery. By White House Correspondent Julie Pace. AP photos.


MEXICO CITY — China has invested heavily in resource-rich Latin America in recent years, striking major trade deals with governments from Venezuela to Argentina. Now its president is reaching out to one of the few countries in the region where ties have been slow to develop: Mexico. By E. Eduardo Castillo. AP photos.


SAN JOSE, Calif. — California is an apt place for Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. counterpart Obama to talk cyber-security this week, as the state's Silicon Valley and its signature high-tech firms provide the front lines in the increasingly aggressive fight against overseas hackers. With China seeking to grow its economy and expand its technology base, companies like Facebook, Apple, Google and Twitter are inviting targets. In fact, all have been attacked and all point the finger at China, which has denied any role. The U.S. government has stepped up efforts to thwart cyber-attacks, but it's mainly focused at protecting its own secrets, especially regarding military operations and technologies. But experts say Silicon Valley needs to innovate and develop software that is hard to hack. By Martha Mendoza. AP photos.

US-CHINA-CYBER (Moved Wednesday)

SINGAPORE — After years of quiet and largely unsuccessful diplomacy, the U.S. has brought its persistent computer-hacking problems with China into the open, delivering a steady drumbeat of reports accusing Beijing's government and military of computer-based attacks against America. Officials say the new strategy may be having some impact. By Lolita C. Baldor. AP photos.


BEIJING — President Xi Jinping meets his American counterpart, Barack Obama, this week following stops in the Caribbean and Latin America as the new leader of a more confident China that plays a bigger global role following a decade of explosive economic and trade growth. Handing out some $3 billion in loans to Caribbean nations during the weekend in Trinidad, Xi presented Beijing as a leader and important partner for developing countries. One sign of China's confidence may be Xi's itinerary: He meets Obama only after stops in Trinidad, Costa Rica and Mexico and does it in California, rather than pushing for a ceremony-laden White House encounter as previous Chinese leaders did. By Joe McDonald. AP photos.


RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — The sprawling, modernist desert estate built by the billionaire philanthropists Walter and Leonore Annenberg is a place where political powerbrokers have gathered to discuss critical issues of the day and where royalty — both real and Hollywood — soaked up the sun and played golf on a private, nine-hole course. Now, Sunnylands is beginning a foray into international diplomacy by hosting two days of talks between President Barack Obama and newly minted Chinese President Xi Jinping. It's just the sort of meeting the Annenbergs envisioned for a place they hoped could serve as a "Camp David of the West" for leaders of Pacific Rim nations — places the Annenbergs saw as critical players in future world politics. By Gillian Flaccus. AP Photos.

With AP Video moving Thursday.

US-CHINA-NKOREA (Moved Thursday)

WASHINGTON — China's growing frustration with longtime ally North Korea offers the United States a glimmer of hope about a once unthinkable prospect: holding discussions between Washington and Beijing about what to do if the government in Pyongyang collapses. There is no sign that the North Korean regime is in danger or that U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping will discuss that possibility when they meet this week in California. Any such talk would alarm North Korea if word got out. By Matthew Pennington. AP photos.


LUOHE, China — At an age when most Chinese executives are long retired, the country's top hog butcher is taking on a daunting new job persuading Americans to allow him to complete China's biggest takeover of a U.S. company. Shuanghui International's $4.7 billion bid for Smithfield Foods Ltd. has the endorsement of the American company's board. But facing anxiety over food safety scandals in China and complaints about Chinese cyber spying, 72-year-old chairman Wan Long has launched a charm offensive to reassure Americans they have nothing to fear and possibly much to gain from the tie-up. By Joe McDonald. AP photos.

With AP video: CHINA US - Economic relations high on agenda when Xi meets Obama.


IRVINE, Calif. — Chinese-Americans are paying close attention to the meeting between the Chinese and U.S. presidents, hoping it will strengthen ties between their ancestral homeland and the country they now call home. About 4 million Americans claim Chinese ancestry and more than a third of them live in California. By Amy Taxin. AP Photos.

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