Obama wants cooperation with China, despite tensions

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Posted: Jun 07, 2013 8:50 PM
Obama wants cooperation with China, despite tensions

RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday he welcomed the "peaceful rise" of China and that, despite inevitable areas of tension, both countries want a cooperative relationship, as he and Chinese President Xi Jinping kicked off two days of meetings.

Hosting Xi at a luxurious desert estate in southern California, Obama said he hoped to work together with China on cybersecurity, an issue that has created friction between the two countries.

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Xi expressed the hope for deeper cooperation, saying China and the United States could build a new model of "big country" relations.

(Reporting by Steve Holland, Matt Spetalnick and John Ruwitch)