"In addition to strategic concerns that we share, and economic challenges that each of our countries face, I will continue to emphasize the importance of human rights, President Xi has spoken of a nation and a people that are committed to continuous self-improvement and progress," Mr. Obama said.
The private meeting between the leaders ended around noon. It was the second day of their two-day meeting. They are not expected to meet again this weekend.
While Mr. Obama stayed behind at the Sunnylands estate, Xi's motorcade could be seen leaving, backing up traffic for blocks.
But many people got out their cameras to watch, as the motorcade rolled by. The Chinese president headed off to a meeting with Gov. Jerry Brown.
Meanwhile in Palm Springs, residents lined up along the airport fence line to get a glimpse of Air Force One. People of all ages lined up to snap a picture of history.
"I think it's fabulous, I can't believe it," said Rosalie Charton of Rancho Mirage.
The president is expected to leave Palm Springs sometime Sunday.