By Santina Ristaino
Today and tomorrow, President Barack Obama will meet with President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China at the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands. This will be the first presidential meeting for both presidents at Sunnylands.
The two presidents will meet privately, although a brief news conference for the White House Press Corps is expected. The leaders will review progress and challenges in U.S-China relations over the past four years and discuss ways to enhance cooperation. They will also discuss everything from cyber attacks and espionage to North Korea’s nuclear program and China’s burgeoning trade relations with Mexico.
Both presidents will be accompanied by roughly 500 people between their two delegations and the media. While Obama will spend the night at Sunnylands, Xi and his delegation will not. They are set to stay at an undisclosed Coachella Valley site.
Late owners of Walter and Leonore Annenberg. Sunnylands, the location of the Annenberg Estate was constructed in the mid-1960′s as a winter home for Walter and Leonore Annenberg. Over the years, Sunnylands has hosted seven U.S presidents, world leaders from around the globe, and even British royalty.
Part of the Annenberg’s dream for Sunnylands was to have the location serve as a forum for world leaders to engage in conversations that will lead to meaningful impacts. Mary Perry, Deputy Director of Media Relations for Sunnylands said that with this visit, the Annenberg’s dream is being realized and that the conversations taking place “will truly change the world.”
Sunnylands and DATA
Sunnylands has been a longtime partner and supporter of the DATA program at Cathedral City High School. These are a few samples of student work done in collaboration with Sunnylands over the 2012-2013 school year: