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Chinese, U.S. Presidents to Focus on North Korea at Meeting

Strategies for promoting North Korean denuclearization will be a key topic of discussion during President Obama's upcoming meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Yonhap News Agency reported on Tuesday.

The leaders are scheduled for talks on Friday and Saturday in California.

"The United States and China share the view that denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is essential if we are to move forward in any diplomatic process with North Korea," State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said to reporters. "That's an issue that we work closely with them on. I'm sure it will be an issue discussed this weekend and moving forward."

China is the North's top economic benefactor and political ally, and so is seen as having significant influence over the regime's decision-making. It is also among the six nations involved in long-stalled negotiations on permanently shutting down North Korea's nuclear arms program,

Beijing and the other six-party talks states -- Japan, Russia, South Korea, and the United States -- continue to urge Pyongyang to adhere to its September 2005 denuclearization agreement and other commitments, Psaki said.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said cybersecurity would be among the other issues raised at the two-day summit. Washington suspects Beijing of carrying out an aggressive cyber-attack campaign, reportedly including hacking designs for U.S. ballistic missile defense systems and other weaponry. China denies such activities.

A lower-level U.S.-China meeting on cyber spying is scheduled for July, the Associated Press reported.

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