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Xi's visit to boost Sino-US relations

By He Wei and Tan Yingzi (China Daily)

08:19, February 08, 2012

Vice-president's visit will show ties can rise above turbulence: experts

BEIJING / WASHINGTON - Vice-President Xi Jinping's upcoming visit to the United States will help China-US ties fly clear of US election year turbulence, experts said.

The visit, which starts on Monday, sends a strong signal that China places a high value on bilateral relations and wants ties to be stable, Jin Canrong, a Sino-US relations expert at Beijing-based Renmin University of China, said.

"That signal is especially important" amid Republican presidential hopefuls targeting China to win votes, the White House using currency issues to criticize Beijing and Washington generally playing up China's growth to increase the US presence in the Asia-Pacific region, Jin said.

The Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that Xi's visit is at the invitation of his counterpart, Joe Biden. No further details were given.

The US State Department announced earlier that the visit will include stops in California and Iowa.

Xi will meet US President Barack Obama in Washington on Feb 14, the White House announced.

China bashing is becoming ever-more frequent in this election year.

Mitt Romney, the leading Republican candidate, pledged to "clamp down" on Beijing as a currency manipulator and openly threatened a trade war.

In his recent State of the Union address, Obama singled out China for unfair trade practices. He also pointed out China's solar research facility and supercomputer as examples of global challenges facing the US.

A "trust deficit" between China and the US exists, Deputy Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai said on Monday at a ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of the Shanghai Communiqu, a political document that established the foundation for relations.

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wende at 2012-02-0971.255.83.*
I hope Xi will not be timid but explain China"s stand and viewpoints. Specially during press conference or other public forum. With Obama, Xi should fight back and not be a punching bag. Let oversea Chinese be proud. What"s right is right and hit back on negative picture on human rights and democracy. US does not have a right kind of democracy. Human rights are not absent in China because China has internet blog and legal procedure has not improved. Tibet and Xinjiang are China"s territories and the immolations are encourage by splittists and foreigners who aim to give China a black mark. There are religious freedom. Churches in US have also to register before operation. It is what China is doing. Underground churches are not allowed of course.
helen at 2012-02-08203.82.82.*
The question arises again. Will Xi Jinping repeat the mistake of past Chinese officials who behaved like the Qing Court when they visited the US!? From here, there is nothing to be gained from this visit except to provide US leaders and their media further opportunities to demonise and bash the Chinese people!Let hope that 2012 be the year when the Chinese People Have REALLY Stood Up!?
  

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