Obama and Xi Jinping Start Two Days of Talks

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President Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have repaired to Palm Springs, California, to discuss North Korea, cybersecurity, and other major issues. The two-day desert retreat comes at an interesting time: the news that the Obama administration has been secretly spying on Americans’ phone records might interfere with the president’s effort to confront Xi about China allegedly hacking the U.S. Reporters are expecting Obama to make his first public acknowledgment of the recently revealed NSA program during the trip.