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U.S., China Agree On More 'Openness'

U.S. President Barack Obama meets Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California.
U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed "to greater openness" after two-days of wide-ranging talks in California.

On June 8, at the end of a two-day informal summit, the two sides said they had agreed to cooperate in trade, economy, investments, and energy.

Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi told a news conference that Xi had told Obama that China and the United States were also in agreement on "the importance of improving and developing military-to-military relationships.

Obama told reporters that the talks were "terrific."

Obama raised directly with Xi the U.S. allegations that Chinese cyberattacks have been aimed at stealing U.S. industrial secrets.

Yang said Beijing wanted cooperation rather than friction with the United States over cybersecurity.

The United States and China also agreed to cooperate in fighting climate change by cutting the use of hydrofluorocarbons. HFCs are used in refrigerators and air conditioners and are a big source of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.

It was the first meeting between the leaders since Xi took office in March.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters