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Xi begins crucial US visit

By Zhu Shanshan (Global Times)

08:33, February 13, 2012

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping is set to arrive in Washington Monday for a five-day visit, which analysts said would set the tone for Sino-US relations in the next decade.

Xi will meet with US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden tomorrow. He will also hold talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

On Wednesday, Xi will go to Capitol Hill to meet senior US senators and House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner.

The two nations have recently been involved in diplomatic spats over Syria as Washington and its allies criticized China and Russia for vetoing a draft UN Security Council resolution on Syria.

Beijing has also disagreed with sharpening global sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program.

Issues such as US arms sales to Taiwan, conditions in the South China Sea and trade disputes are also expected to be touched on during the visit.

Analysts noted that the two sides are unlikely to make compromises on these long-standing issues during Xi's visit, and their discussions on these topics would be mere exchanges of views.

Wu Xinbo, a deputy director of the Center for US Studies at Fudan University, told the Global Times that Xi's visit will set the tone for future Sino-US relations, although he expects few breakthroughs.

"The trip comes before the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in October, and will provide Xi with first-hand information about the US. It will also be a good opportunity for the US to learn more about Xi," Wu said.

Jin Canrong, an American studies expert at the Renmin University of China, told the Global Times that the priority of Xi's visit is to send a positive signal to US politicians that their Chinese counterparts are willing to seek solutions to challenges facing Sino-US ties.

"China and the US share many common interests, but also have a number of long-standing disputes. Xi's visit will demonstrate Beijing's willingness to strengthen Sino-US ties regardless of those challenges," Jin said.

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PD User at 2012-02-1481.206.61.*
Us will do everything to keep their economic and military dominance, such as using "human rights" to attack China (bunch of hypocrites, Abu Grhaib, secret CIA torture detention facilities and ) or the Tibet-thing.But that"s all BS, the US do NOT really care about human rights, see their close and warm relations with totalitarian states like Saoudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Quwait and former Marocco, Egypt under Mubarak and so on.And the US does the least care about The Arabs, see the Islamofobia of the especally white americans..You know yanks it is not even laughable anymore, the world outside the US and Europe and aussiecountry, so the 6.2 billion colored people of the earth We do NOT take you and your so called BS christian values serious any more (it"s time for the endlosung of the west). Go Africa, Go Asia and Go South-America!
US Marine at 2012-02-13124.207.194.*
Unfair tariffs on Chinese goods! LMAO! Try buying a foreign made automobile in China! You could just about buy it in the USA and drive it across the pacific cheaper than buying it in China. In fact, try buying just about ANY foreign made product in China. The price is 1.5 - 2 times the price it would be if you bought it overseas. As far as unfair import taxes, don"t even go there Sammy.
Sam Teng at 2012-02-13175.136.54.*
Chinese VP"s U.S. is an important step for Sino-US relations. Talks are already abound on the US lawmakers to raise human rights issue in China. China must be prepared to address the issues raised and also strongly voice its objections on unfair import tax on Chinese goods and US anti-Chinese rhetoric. Good relations are based on mutual respect, good understanding and cooperation on a level playing field. While China is eager to forge a cooperative partnership and closer cooperation with the US, this must not be done at the expense of China"s sovereignty, dignity and security.

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