A foreign pool report of Mr. Xi’s meeting with Mr. Biden earlier in the day said Mr. Xi spoke to reporters in a “more positive way than Mr. Biden.” Mr. Biden said the U.S. has “very important economic and political concerns, that we need to work together.”
Also on the leaders’ agenda are North Korea, Iran and Syria, in the wake of China’s decision last week to join Russia in vetoing a U.N. Security Council resolution targeting Syrian President Bashar Assad over his government’s bloody crackdown on opponents.
“We speak candidly about the concerns we have, whether it’s trade or currency or foreign policy,” Mr. Carney said.
The formal lunch at the State Department included music provided by a string quartet and the meal prepared by Chinese-American chef Ming Tsai. The menu included sweet potato soup with a crispy duck confit roulade and micro greens; soy marinated Alaskan butterfish with black garlic sauce; eight treasured rice packet with dried fruit and pork sausage; gingered swiss chard; and flourless bittersweet chocolate cake with cardamom ice cream.
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