Subject: Pool Report #1
Pool Report #1
September 6, 2013
Bilat with Xi. No news, no mention of Syria.
On a sunny morning with a nip in the air, Potus walked from his villa to the Chinese villa for his meeting with President Xi, arriving at 9:40 a.m. He was trailed by a sizable entourage of aides and agents. President Xi emerged from the villa, named for the Russian city Arkhangelsk, to greet Potus.
“Good morning to you,” Xi said.
“Good to see you,” Potus said as he walked up and shook his hand.
“It’s my great pleasure to see you again,” Xi said.
Potus introduced his delegation to Xi: Susan Rice, Rob Nabors, Ben Rhodes, Lael Brainard, Caroline Atkinson, Evan Medeiros
and Rory MacFarquhar. Then they headed inside.
“How’d you sleep last night?” Potus asked as they stepped in.
Xi said something about what time he finally got to bed but it couldn’t be heard.
A couple minutes later your pool was brought into a meeting room on the first floor where the two presidents sat at a table opposite each other, flanked by interpreters and aides. (See Chinese delegation below.)
Xi welcomed Potus and thanked him for the hospitality at Sunnylands earlier this year. He said they committed then to “build a new model of major-country relationship” and had made made “bountiful progress” since then, mentioning military-to-military ties. “In my view, the China-U.S. relationship has maintained a sound momentum of development,” Xi told Potus.
In response, Potus, addressing reporters as much as Xi, agreed that they had resolved “to build a new model of great power relations” and had made “significant progress” in that regard. Potus said they would nowdiscuss G20 issues as well as other matters like North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.
“Although there will continue to be some significant disagreements and sources of tension, I’m confident that they can be managed,” Potus said, “and I want to reiterate that the United States welcomes the peaceful rise of China and is interested in a China that is playing a stable, prosperous and responsible role not only in the Asia-Pacific but around the world.”
After six minutes, your pool was ushered out.
Two other color notes:
On the way to the villa, we spotted David Cameron taking a walk along the waterfront trailed by an entourage of about 10 or so people as well as a car and minibus. Along the way, he encountered President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan, likewise taking a walk, coming from the other direction, and they shook hands briefly.
When we got into the gates of the Chinese villa, Germany’s Angela Merkel was inside meeting with Xi. She emerged at 9:30 a.m., slipped into a waiting car with a German flag and rode away just before Potus arrived.
Here’s the Chinese delegation, per the WH:
Wang Huning Director of Central Policy Research Office
Wang Yang Vice Premier
Li Zhanshu Chief Staff of Central Office
Yang Jiechi State Counciler
Wang Yi Minister of Foreign Affairs
Lou Jiwei Minister of Finance
Zhou Xiaochuan Governor of Central Bank