What Xi Jinping Offered in the U.S.: A Slight Shift in Tone

SHANGHAI—On his trip to America, Xi Jinping often seemed caught between two audiences—his skeptical hosts who needed gentle reassurance and the one that mattered most, the crowd back home who admire his firm rule and tough nationalism.

It made for a few awkward moments when he tried to have things both ways. [READ MORE]

Obama and Xi remain at loggerheads on S China Sea

NEW YORK — United States President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have exchanged verbal jabs over territorial disputes in the South China Sea involving Beijing and several other countries in the region in their speeches delivered at the annual United Nations General Assembly this week.

Their UN appearances on Monday came just three days after their summit at the White House on Friday, which left the impression that the two leaders have some way to go in building mutual trust. [READ MORE]

AP Interview: Vietnamese president says China's island-building violates international law

NEW YORK (AP) — Vietnam's president told The Associated Press on Monday that China's island-building in the disputed South China Sea violates international law and endangers maritime security.

President Truong Tan Sang also urged the U.S., which has expressed mounting concern over China's assertive behavior, to fully lift a ban on lethal weapons sales to Vietnam. [READ MORE]

In New York, President Sang reiterates country’s sovereignty in East Vietnam Sea

Vietnam has full historical evidence and legal basis to support its sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos, State President Truong Tan Sang said in the U.S. on Sunday.
The Vietnamese leader made the statement during his meeting with representatives of the Vietnamese communities in New York, employees of the Vietnamese Embassy in the U.S., and a number of his international friends. [READ MORE]

FACT SHEET: President Xi Jinping’s State Visit to the United States

On September 24-25, 2015, President Barack Obama hosted President Xi Jinping of China for a State visit. The two heads of state exchanged views on a range of global, regional, and bilateral subjects.

President Obama and President Xi agreed to work together to constructively manage our differences and decided to expand and deepen cooperation in the following areas: [READ MORE]

Remarks by President Obama and President Xi of the People's Republic of China in Joint Press Confere

Rose Garden - 12:22 P.M. EDT - PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Please have a seat. I want to once again welcome President Xi back to the White House.  We first hosted him here three years ago when he was Vice President.  So this is our sixth meeting.

As a result of our efforts, our two nations are working together more closely across a broader range of critical issues -- and our cooperation is delivering results, for both our nations and the world. [READ MORE]

Hacking, China's Maritime Claims Overshadow Xi's US Visit

As Chinese President Xi Jinping makes his first state visit to Washington this week, the outlook for relations is decidedly murkier than when he hosted President Barack Obama at their last summit less than a year ago.

Tensions are rising over allegations of Beijing-directed cyberattacks on the U.S. and China's moves to assert its South China Sea territorial claims. [READ MORE]

Five Things on the Agenda When China's Xi Goes to Washington

Xi Jinping is coming to America. The Chinese leader will land in Seattle, visit the White House and address the United Nations for the first time.

His words will be parsed by economists, activists and politicians seeking answers from the world's second-biggest economy on where it stands on climate change, monetary policy and cyber espionage to name but a few hot-button issues. [READ MORE]

Japan, Vietnam must ramp up strategic ties in South China Sea

To prevent China from making self-serving maritime advances and to maintain regional stability, Japan must strengthen strategic cooperation with other countries concerned.

Vietnamese Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, the supreme leader of the Southeast Asian country, has visited Tokyo, agreeing in talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to expand bilateral cooperation in maritime security. [READ MORE]

China's Top Diplomat Stresses Cooperation Before Xi's U.S. Visit

China’s top foreign affairs official played down disputes with the U.S. over shipping lanes and cyberhacking, as President Barack Obama prepares to host counterpart Xi Jinping on his first state visit.

State Councilor Yang Jiechi said in an interview that Xi’s trip would bolster a relationship that has weathered various disagreements in the four decades since Richard Nixon traveled to Beijing. [READ MORE]

Tokyo and Hanoi expected to boost relations

Tokyo and Hanoi are expected to forge closer security and economic ties when Vietnam's top leader, Mr Nguyen Phu Trong, makes a four- day official visit to Japan this week. During talks with Mr Trong, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is likely to pledge fresh economic aid.

The leaders are also expected to discuss greater security cooperation, with Hanoi asking for more patrol vessels to counter greater Chinese muscle-flexing in the South China Sea. [READ MORE]

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