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Jun 8, 2013

Obama, Xi latest leaders to escape to California desert retreat

, June 8 (Reuters) – Frank Sinatra
married his fourth wife here, Richard Nixon visited to nurse his
wounds after resigning the presidency, and now the names of
Barack Obama and Xi Jinping are added to the long list of
celebrities and political leaders who have trekked to this
desert getaway.

The late philanthropists Walter and Leonore Annenberg
intended their Sunnylands sanctuary to be something of a “Camp
David of the West,” a reference to the presidential retreat
tucked away in the Maryland mountains near Washington.

Jun 8, 2013

Hard issues on table at Obama, Xi “informal” summit

RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping launched straight into discussing thorny issues at an informal summit and may delve deeper when they meet again on Saturday.

The two-day meeting at a desert retreat near Palm Springs, California, was meant to be an opportunity for Obama and Xi to get to know each other, Chinese and U.S. officials have said, and to inject some warmth into often chilly relations while setting the stage for better cooperation.

Jun 8, 2013

Cyber disputes loom large as Obama meets Xi

RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will complain to Chinese President Xi Jinping at a summit on Friday about suspected Chinese cyber hacking of U.S. secrets, even as the White House faces growing questions at home over American government surveillance.

Meeting at the luxurious Sunnylands estate near Palm Springs in California, Obama will seek Xi’s assurance that he takes seriously accusations of growing Chinese cyber spying, including snooping on advanced U.S. weapons designs.

Jun 8, 2013

Obama defends surveillance effort as ‘trade-off’ for security

SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday staunchly defended the sweeping U.S. government surveillance of Americans’ phone and internet activity, calling it a “modest encroachment” on privacy that was necessary to defend the United States from attack.

“Nobody is listening to your telephone calls. That’s not what this program is about,” Obama told reporters during a visit to California’s Silicon Valley. He emphasized that the secret surveillance programs were supervised by federal judges and authorized by Congress, which had been briefed on the details.

Jun 7, 2013

Obama defends surveillance program as trade-off for security

SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday staunchly defended the sweeping U.S. government surveillance of Americans’ phone and internet activity, calling it a modest encroachment on privacy that was necessary to defend the United States from attack.

Obama said the programs were “trade-offs” designed to strike a balance between privacy concerns and keeping Americans safe from terrorist attacks. He said they were supervised by federal judges and Congress, and that lawmakers had been briefed.

Jun 7, 2013

President Obama takes health pitch to California after rate row

SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) – President Barack Obama insisted on Friday his healthcare overhaul is already proving worthwhile as he promoted the plan in California, where an argument is raging over whether it is living up to its name as the Affordable Care Act.

“If you’re one of 6 million Californians or tens of millions Americans who don’t currently have health insurance, you’ll soon be able to buy quality, affordable care just like everybody else,” he said in San Jose, California.

Jun 7, 2013

Obama staunchly defends U.S. government surveillance programs

, June 7 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
on Friday staunchly defended U.S. government programs conducting
surveillance of Americans’ phone and Internet activity,
insisting that they were conducted with broad safeguards to
protect against abuse.

“Nobody is listening to your telephone calls. That’s not
what this program is about,” Obama told reporters on a visit to
California’s Silicon Valley.

Jun 7, 2013

Cyber disputes loom large as Obama meets China’s Xi

SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will complain to Chinese President Xi Jinping at a summit on Friday about alleged Chinese hacking of U.S. secrets, even as the White House faces growing questions at home over American government surveillance.

Meeting at the luxurious Sunnylands estate near Palm Springs in California, Obama will seek Xi’s assurance that he takes seriously accusations of growing Chinese cyber spying, including snooping on advanced U.S. weapons designs.

Jun 4, 2013

Obama to press China’s Xi to act against cyber spying

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will tell Chinese President Xi Jinping at a California summit this week that Washington considers Beijing responsible for any cyber attacks launched from Chinese soil and must take action to curb high-tech spying, White House officials said on Tuesday.

Underscoring growing U.S. suspicions of a Chinese role in cyber espionage that has targeted U.S. government entities and major corporations, aides to Obama made clear the issue would be high on the agenda at a relatively informal retreat to begin on Friday.

Jun 2, 2013

Cyber hacking to overshadow summit between Obama and China’s Xi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A shirt-sleeves summit between the world’s two top economic powers is shaping up as anything but relaxing, with an assertive new Chinese leadership seeking a bigger place at the global table and the United States pushing back, especially in the battle over cyberspace.

U.S. President Barack Obama and newly installed Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet on Friday in Southern California at a relatively informal retreat aimed at allowing the pair to get to know each other away from the spotlight of Washington.

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