WASHINGTON (AP) - The latest developments from the state visit that President Barack Obama is hosting for Chinese President Xi Jinping. All times local:

WASHINGTON (AP) The latest developments from the state visit that President Barack Obama is hosting for Chinese President Xi Jinping. All times local:


Xi Jinping is striking a mild tone on South China Sea territorial claims and cyberespionage allegations, two of the most contentious issues between China and the U.S.

Xi defended China's claim to the area and said construction work on artificial islands doesn't "target or impact any country and China does not intend to pursue militarization." The U.S. has no territorial claims in the area but says the island development is destabilizing the region and should stop.

However, Xi added that China wanted disputes to be settled peacefully and to explore "ways to achieve mutual benefit through cooperation." He said China also respects freedom of navigation and overflight in the area that is crucial to global trade.

On cyberespionage, Xi said "confrontation and friction are not the right choice for both sides" and that Beijing and Washington would establish a "high-level dialogue mechanism" to deal with disputes.

1:10 p.m.

President Barack Obama says the U.S. and China have made significant progress on how to work together to stem cyberthefts from U.S. corporations, but that words now must be followed by actions.

Obama says the two nations have agreed on how law enforcement officials will work together and exchange information. He also says China has affirmed the principle that governments don't engage in cyberespionage against companies.

Obama also says the U.S. will go after cyber criminals with all the tools in its arsenal.

Xi said China has more than 600 million Internet users. He says China strongly opposes and combats the theft of commercial secrets and other kinds of hacking attacks. He says cooperation between the two nations will benefit both countries while confrontation will lead to losses on both sides.

12:30 p.m.

President Barack Obama says the United States and China have struck an agreement not to conduct or knowingly support cybertheft of trade secrets or competitive economic information.

Obama is announcing the agreement during a joint news conference with Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng). Obama describes it as a common understanding of the way forward.

Obama says he raised his "very serious concerns" about growing cyberthreats in his meeting with Xi. He says he told Xi that "it has to stop."

The president says the U.S. and China are addressing their disagreements "candidly and constructively."

The White House says the agreement covers trade secrets and other confidential business information where the intent is to provide a competitive advantage to a country's companies or commercial sectors.


12:00 p.m.

China says it will commit $3.1 billion to help developing countries reduce carbon emissions, one of a series of measures taken with the U.S. to combat climate change.

A joint statement issued after a summit between President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping listed a series of measures taken to flesh out their pledge, made last year, to work to reduce emissions.

The U.S. earlier pledged $3 billion to a United Nations fund to aid developing nations reduce emissions.

The statement said China's financial support would aim to "help developing countries build low-carbon and climate-resilient societies."

China also pledged to launch a national system to limit greenhouse gases and force industries to purchase pollution credits, to take effect in 2017.

The two countries also committed to aligning their positions in negotiations on a broader global climate change treaty at a Paris conference in December.


11:25 a.m.

In a jab at the White House for preparing to honor Chinese President Xi Jinping with a state dinner, leaders of the congressional Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission honored exiled Chinese activists with a "stateless breakfast" at Capitol Hill on Friday morning.

Activists took turns in offering toasts, calling for the restoration of various human rights they said China's government violates. Tsering Kyi (SER-ing kee), a Tibetan blogger whose nephew set fire to himself in 2013 to protest Chinese rule, called for religious freedom. Rebiya Kadeer (reb-EE-yah kah-DEER), an exiled minority Uighur leader, called for political prisoners to be released.

Six U.S. lawmakers, including House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, joined the gathering.

The host, Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern, joked that the bubbly on offer wasn't as good as what would be served at the state dinner. "But I would rather drink this cheap champagne and be here with all of you to honor all the people we are honoring here, than be at the White House tonight," he said.


11:15 a.m.

Washington's 4-week-old panda cub is nameless no more.

First lady Michelle Obama unrolled a scroll to reveal that the black and white bear will be named Bei Bei. The name means "precious treasure."

Mrs. Obama made the announcement at the Panda House at the National Zoo in Washington, where the cub was born last month.

Mrs. Obama took her Chinese counterpart, Madame Peng Liyuan, on a tour of the panda exhibit.

Peng has accompanied her husband, Chinese President Xi Jinping, on a state visit to the White House.


Obama and Xi are meeting in the Oval Office after speaking at an arrival ceremony on the South Lawn in which both leaders spoke of the importance of the two nations working together. The two leaders shook hands and smiled broadly for the cameras before the meeting, but did not answer questions. There will be a press conference after the meeting. Moments earlier, Obama had said he welcomes the rise of a China that is stable, prosperous and peaceful, because that benefits everyone. Each leader noted there will be disagreements, with Obama saying the United States will always speak out on behalf of fundamental truths and Xi saying the two countries needed to be "broad-minded" when there are differences.


10:30 a.m.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) says China and the U.S. need to be frank about their disagreements in order to improve trust and understanding between the world's two largest economies.

Xi spoke to dignitaries and invited guests from both countries at a White House welcoming ceremony. He said the sides need to keep the relationship moving forward despite their differences. Xi said ties had reached a new starting point in the 21st century, and "win-win" cooperation was needed for further growth in ties.

He says China and the U.S. "must enhance strategic trust and mutual understanding, respect each other's interests and concerns, be broad-minded about differences and disagreements and strengthen out people's confidence in China-U.S. friendship and cooperation."

The state visit is Xi's first to Washington since taking over as president in 2013 and the first by a Chinese head of state since 2011.


9:30 a.m.

President Barack Obama says he and Chinese President Xi Jinping will "candidly" address their differences on issues including cyberspying and human rights during Friday's state visit.

Opening Xi's state visit to Washington, Obama says nations are more successful when their companies compete on an even playing field and human rights are respected. He says that if the U.S. and China work together, they have an "unmatched ability" to shape the course of this century.

Cybersecurity and human rights are expected to be issues of tensions in the private meetings Obama and Xi will hold after the White House welcoming ceremony.

Obama says Xi's visit reflects the history of "friendship and cooperation" between their two nations.


9:15 a.m.

For the second time this week, the White House South Lawn is the setting for a grand welcome ceremony. This time, it's for Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng).

The ceremony for the Chinese leader looks similar to the one the White House held Wednesday for Pope Francis, but with a few notable exceptions.

The crowd is far smaller for Xi's welcome and the ceremony includes the traditional 21-gun salute.

The White House says it skipped the firing of weapons when Francis arrived in deference to the pope's humility.

President Barack Obama and Xi stood side by side as a military band played the national anthems of both countries.