US CEOs meet with China president

By JAYMES SONG | November 12, 2011 | 12:00 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A small group of executives from some of the largest U.S. companies met privately with Chinese President Hu Jintao on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit to discuss trade, protecting intellectual property rights and challenges facing the world's two largest economies.

The meeting late Thursday included heads of 14 companies, including Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and Johnson & Johnson Chairman and CEO William Weldon.

The group raised various issues with Hu, who was in Hawaii to attend the annual summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.

Topics raised at the meeting ranged from Europe's debt problems to the importance of job creation by the world's two largest economies and protecting U.S. intellectual property rights.