Date
26 March 2017
Barack Obama chats with Chinese President Xi Jinping as they walk from the West Wing of the White House to a private dinner across the street at Blair House, in Washington, on Thursday. Photo: Reuters.
Barack Obama chats with Chinese President Xi Jinping as they walk from the West Wing of the White House to a private dinner across the street at Blair House, in Washington, on Thursday. Photo: Reuters.

Xi Jinping arrives in Washington for first US state visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Washington on Thursday for a state visit and talks with President Barack Obama that are expected to encompass issues such as cyber spying, Beijing’s economic policies and territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

Vice President Joe Biden greeted Xi and his wife as they landed at Andrews Air Force Base on the second leg of a weeklong trip that began in Seattle, Reuters reported.

In Seattle, Xi sought to reassure US companies that he is working to create a more favorable Chinese investment climate.

Obama would be hosting Xi at a private working dinner, where they will begin grappling with the main issues that divide their countries.

Xi will be treated to full honors on Friday, including a 21-gun salute, a formal summit, a joint news conference and a black-tie state dinner.

No policy breakthroughs are likely during Xi’s trip, but the two sides are expected to announce several modest achievements, according to Reuters.

Those could include building on the countries’ climate change commitments, progress toward a bilateral investment treatment and new rules to lower the risk of aerial confrontations in the Asia-Pacific region.

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