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Xi plans to make first official visit to US

Xi plans to make first official visit to US
Arrangements are being made for Xi to pay his first state visit later this year to the United States, China’s ambassador to the US Cui Tiankai told state-run China Daily. While the date has yet to be released, discussion is ongoing between Beijing and Washington for Xi’s expected trip, Cui said, noting that the two countries have carried out successful high-level interactions in recent years despite differences.

“We are also very willing to see such interactions continuing this year, and we may even have a greater success,” Cui said. 61-year-old Xi’s expected visit would be his first to the White House since taking office in March 2013. It would also be the latest summit between him and Obama, following the informal summit in California in June 2013, and their meeting on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Beijing last November.

US National Security Adviser Susan Rice said on Friday US has invited Xi for a state visit to the country this year. Commenting on Xi’s visit, Chinese analysts said China will continue to push for a “new model of major-country relations,” despite the US intention to further promote its “rebalancing” Asian strategy.

Chinese official media came out with scathing commentaries of China containment, when Obama made unprecedented second visit to India last month. Zhou Wenzhong, former ambassador of China to the US, said that as international society is faced with an increasingly complicated situation, a healthy Sino-US relationship is key to ensure stability of the world order.
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