President Obama met with Chinese President XiJinping on Friday in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Obama is seeking to cultivate a personal relationship with Xi, China’s newly minted leader, inviting him to a friendly, shirt sleeves summit at Sunnylands, a historic 200-acre estate in this golf resort destination on the edge of the Mojave Desert.
HONG KONG – After a long and unexplained delay, China’s new top leaders strolled out stiffly over the red-carpeted dais in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People.
The first words of XiJinping, the man long anticipated to take over as China’s president, were an apology to reporters for making them wait—an uncharacteristically personal gesture after the highly scripted, rigid, and opaque ceremonies of the 18th Party Congress that finished on Wednesday.
The political direction of China's new party chief, XiJinping, remains unclear even after serving as the party's vice president for five years. Maybe that is what qualified him for the job as president and party head.