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Envoy: VP visit will boost Sino-US relations

By Tan Yingzi and Chen Weihua (China Daily)

09:31, February 12, 2012

WASHINGTON / NEW YORK - The coming visit by Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping to the United States will be significant in furthering cooperation between the two countries, China's ambassador to the United States Zhang Yesui told reporters in Washington on Friday.

Xi will be in the US from Feb 13 to 17 at the official invitation of US Vice-President Joe Biden. The purpose of the trip, one of the high-level exchanges planned between the two countries this year, is to follow up on the agreement reached by President Hu Jintao and President Barack Obama to promote the Sino-US cooperative partnership, Zhang said.

"Both sides attach great importance to the visit and preparations are going smoothly," he said. "I am confident that with the joint effort from both sides, the visit will be a great success."

The Chinese leader will arrive in Washington DC first to meet with Biden, Obama and other senior officials.

He will speak at a lunch on Wednesday hosted by the National Committee on US-China Relations and US-China Business Council before leaving for Iowa and California.

In Iowa, Xi will reunite with old friends who hosted him in 1985 in Muscatine, attend a dinner at the State Capitol in Des Moines and be present at the US-China Agriculture Symposium.

In Los Angeles, he will visit a Chinese company and speak at a lunch with the local business community.

This year is the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon's historic visit to China and the signing of the Shanghai Communique, the agreement which outlined future Sino-US relations after Nixon's visit.

In the past four decades, the ambassador said, Sino-US relations have witnessed a steady development with great achievements, although both countries had different views on some issues.

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wende at 2012-02-1371.255.83.*
We look forward to a successful and fruitful visit. Xi must mean what he says and must not afraid to say what is in his heart. Americans must be treated with frank and direct talks.
  

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