Chinese President Hu to visit US from Jan 18 to 21

Last Updated: Friday, January 7, 2011 - 23:06

Beijing: Chinese President Hu Jintao will
undertake a state visit to the US from January 18-21 at the
invitation of his American counterpart Barack Obama, foreign
ministry announced on Friday.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said President Hu
will make a state visit to the United States from January 18
to 21 at the invitation of US President Barack Obama.
The officials from the two countries have stepped up
interaction ahead of Hu`s visit.

Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan today met US Under
Secretary of the Treasury Lael Brainard.

During the meeting, Brainard told Wang that she "was
asked by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and the White
House" to coordinate with China`s economic and finance
officials on economic issues related to President Hu`s visit,
state-run Xinhua reported.

"During their meeting, Brainard briefed Wang on how
the United States has been preparing the economic agenda of
President Hu`s visit," according to an official statement
issued after the meeting.

Wang and Brainard also exchanged views on the
bilateral economic relationship, it said.

Apart from Wang, Brainard also met Chairman of the
China Banking Regulatory Commission Liu Mingkang. She is also
scheduled to meet other Chinese economic officials.

Ahead of Brainard`s visit to Beijing, Chinese Foreign
Minister Yang Jiechi travelled to Washington earlier this
week. US President Barack Obama and a number of officials met
Yang and discussed the bilateral relationship and Hu`s visit.

Yang`s visit was exceptional because Chinese foreign
ministers have always visited Africa for their first overseas
trip of the year since 1991, the news agency said.

Also this week, US Special Representative for North
Korea Stephen Bosworth visited Beijing as part of a three-
nation tour aiming to ease tensions in the Korean Peninsula.

On the heels of Brainard`s visit, US Defence Secretary
Robert Gates is scheduled to visit Beijing from January 9 to
12 to revive US-China military ties, which stalled when the
Pentagon decided to sell a nearly USD 6.4-billion arms package
to Taiwan in January 2010.

"The increased meeting of senior Chinese and US
officials reflects the two countries` desire to make President
Hu`s state visit a great success," said Yuan Peng, director of
the America Studies of China Institute for Contemporary
International Relations.

"With a number of topics to be covered and senior
officials involved, the discussions will help both sides
reduce misunderstandings and coordinate their stances, laying
a solid foundation for the meeting of the presidents in
Washington," Yuan said.

PTI



First Published: Friday, January 7, 2011 - 23:06
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