March 24 - Obama and Xi hail importance of U.S.-China ties ahead of two-day nuclear summit in the Netherlands. Vanessa Johnston reports.
World leaders gather in The Hague for two days of nuclear security talks starting Monday. A G7 meeting was also hastily added to the agenda to give leaders a chance to discuss a response to Russia's annexation of Crimea. Before the summit, U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged cooperation between their countries. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING SAYING: "I wish to emphasize that China is firmly committed to... building a new model of major country relations. We are committed to our position of no confrontation, no conflict, mutual respect, and win-win cooperation with regard to the United States." Obama said the U.S.-China relationship was as important as any in the world, and that they could work through their differences. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED STATES PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "We're also able to work through frictions that exist in our relations around issues like human rights, dealing with maritime issues in the South China Sea and the Pacific region in a way that is constructive and hopefully will lead to resolutions and… solutions for all parties. Obama also thanked President Xi for his hospitality during first lady Michelle Obama's recent visit to Beijing. Obama's wife, daughters, and mother-in-law are currently touring China. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING SAYING: "When I was bidding farewell to Michelle in Beijing, she asked me to formally convey to you her best regards." The nuclear security summit includes representatives from 53 countries, including the leaders of Germany, Japan, Britain, Canada and France.