He said he had very in-depth talks with Xi, which deepened his understanding of the situation in China and the thoughts of the Chinese government and leaders on governance.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 9, 2014.
Gao Cheng, a student volunteer from the Central University of Finance and Economics, poses for photo in front of a media shuttle bus at China National Convention Center (CNCC) in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 7, 2014.
7-12 public holiday early last month, with APEC meetings scheduled in the city around that time. Sun Liqun, manager of China International Travel Service, told Xinhua that sales of domestic travel bookings doubled versus the same period last year.
In a dining hall that was once a swimming pool for Olympic champions and now resembles a traditional Chinese garden, leaders and celebrities from the Asia-Pacific were welcomed as "friends and neighbors" of China.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in Beijing, China, Nov. 10, 2014.
As leaders, government officials and CEOs arrive in Beijing for the APEC meetings, a heavier sense of security can be felt across the city, as the host city spares no efforts in ensuring the guests' safety at the meetings.
Putin in mid-October accused Obama of having a hostile attitude towards Russia, while Obama decried "Russian aggression in Europe" in a recent speech to the UN General Assembly.