Barack Obama presents Xi Jinping with a bench made of California redwood before they head into their meeting at the Annenberg Retreat in June 2013. Photo: Xinhua

Cold war lessons for Xi and Obama on how to build trust

Benjamin Zala recalls the 'fireside' chat that started a US-Soviet engagement, and urges the Chinese and US leaders to demonstrate similar flexibility to pave the way for a climate change deal this year

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Barack Obama presents Xi Jinping with a bench made of California redwood before they head into their meeting at the Annenberg Retreat in June 2013. Photo: Xinhua
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