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The Obama-Xi Summit 2013


U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and then-Chinese-Vice-President Xi Jinping pose for photographs before meeting in the Oval Office at the White House February 14, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping are set to meet in an informal summit at Sunnylands, the former Annenberg Estate, located in Rancho Mirage, California, on June 7-8. The summit was originally supposed to take place months from now, and the Associated Press takes the earlier date as "a sign that both sides want to stem a drift in ties" sooner rather than later. Xi himself was quoted recently saying, "The current China-U.S. relationship is at a critical juncture." He added that the countries must "build on past successes and open up new dimensions for the future."

Below, please find ongoing Asia Society coverage of the historic tete-a-tete. And please also visit our partner site ChinaFile for more on the topic.

Orville Schell: Summit an Opportunity for 'Breakthrough' in US-China Relations

Policy On the eve of this weekend's summit, a veteran China-watcher says U.S.-China relations could stand a little Confucian "rectification."
June 7th by Paul Chung |

Video: Don't Overstate the Meaning of Obama-Xi Summit, Says Ouyang Bin

Policy Ouyang Bin, Arthur Ross Fellow at Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations and Associate Editor of ChinaFile, wouldn't call Xi's first presidential state visit to the United States a historic meeting.
June 7th by Paul Chung |

Obama-Xi: A 'Getting-to-Know-You Session' With 'Huge, Huge Stakes' [Video]

Policy Asia Society Executive Vice President Tom Nagorski appeared on CNBC early this morning to discuss the two-day "informal" summit between U.S. President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
June 7th by Dan Washburn |

Expert: 'Re-Opening' to China Obama's Most Important Diplomatic Initiative

Policy Yale Law School's Paul Gewirtz explains what's at stake in the June 7-8 summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his American counterpart Barack Obama.
June 6th by Paul Gewirtz |

Video: Orville Schell on the Upcoming Obama-Xi Presidential Summit in California

Policy As Chinese President Xi Jinping and Barack Obama prepare for their "casual" summit June 7-8 in California, we asked Orville Schell, director of Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations, why this particular meeting is so important.
June 3rd by Dan Washburn |

US-China Summit: What to Expect (Complete)

China experts assess likely outcomes of the summit meeting between presidents Obama and Xi Jinping scheduled for early June 2013.
May 30th by Jeff Tompkins |

At Upcoming Obama-Xi Summit, Don't Expect 'Deliverables'

Policy Former Deputy Secretary of State James B. Steinberg and Asia Society Associate Fellow Susan Shirk offer their thoughts on the June 7-8 meeting in California.
May 28th by Dan Washburn |