In California, Obama and Xi seek to build new ties

Posted at: 06/07/2013 3:54 AM | Updated at: 06/07/2013 6:27 AM

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President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping are retreating to a sprawling desert estate for two days of talks on high-stakes issues including cybersecurity and North Korea's nuclear threats.
    
Obama's efforts to press Xi to halt China's alleged hacking against the U.S. could be overshadowed by revelations that Obama's own administration has been secretly seizing phone records from millions of Americans.
    
There are significant differences between China's reported cyberattacks against U.S. interests and the Obama administration's court-approved domestic surveillance program. But both underscore the vast technological - and in some cases, legal - powers that governments have to access information covertly from individuals, companies and other governments.
    
Obama and Xi will be meeting Friday evening at the 200-acre Sunnylands estate just outside Palm Springs, Calif.


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