Beijing, February 10 – Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to visit the US later this year in order for “new model” of major-country relations, amid strong American Asia-Pacific military push. 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 added. Xi’s visit to the White House would be his first since assuming charge in March 2013. It would be the second meeting between him and Obama after the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Beijing last November.
US National Security Adviser Susan Rice said on Friday that US has invited Xi for a state visit to the country this year. However, Xi is not the only one invited to the US. Rice said other invitations have gone to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
The Chinese media went into a tizzy after Obama’s visit to India last month was seen as a strategy for China containment. During Xi’s trip, the US will raise issues such as cyber security, but the main focus will be the Western Pacific region, said Yuan Zheng, a senior researcher on US foreign policy at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.