Seeking a fresh start to a complex relationship, Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Barack Obama are retreating to a sprawling desert estate for two days of talks on high-stakes issues.
The setting for the talks that begin Friday is the 200-acre Sunnylands estate just outside Palm Springs, Calif., marking a departure from the formality that typically greets Chinese leaders during state visits at the White House.
U.S. officials hope the relaxed atmosphere will facilitate a more candid and free-flowing discussion between the leaders of the world's two largest economies.
Obama was due to arrive Friday afternoon following a health-care event and a Democratic fundraiser in Northern California. He and Xi will hold a bilateral meeting Friday evening, then take questions from reporters.
They'll also have discussions during a working dinner Friday night and hold additional talks Saturday morning.
Michelle Obama snubbed the 'first lady' of China after she announced that she would not be attending the summit with the Chinese leading couple when they meet with President Obama，saying that she needs to be in Washington as her daughters finish up the school year.