Date
20 October 2017
US President Barack Obama and Chinese counterpart Xi  Jinping at a state banquet during the American leader's visit to Beijing on Nov. 12. Photo: AFP
US President Barack Obama and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at a state banquet during the American leader's visit to Beijing on Nov. 12. Photo: AFP

Xi Jinping to make first state visit to US in September

President Xi Jinping on Wednesday accepted an invitation from his US counterpart Barack Obama to visit the United States in September, Xinhua reported.

In a telephone conversation, the two leaders agreed to make full preparations to ensure the success of the trip, Xi’s first state visit to America.

US national security adviser Susan Rice on Friday said the US had invited both Xi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for state visits.

Xi last met with Obama in November after an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing. The two also met in Sunnylands, Rancho Mirage, California, during Xi’s informal visit to the US in June 2013.

The US and China have been working together on a range of issues, including pledging in November to cut back on their greenhouse gas emissions.

The world’s biggest economies have also clashed diplomatically on trade issues, allegations of cyber-espionage and Beijing’s actions to assert territorial claims in the East and South China seas.

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