China's Xi Jinping to visit US in September

  • Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times, Beijing/Quanzhou
  • Updated: Feb 12, 2015 08:52 IST

President Xi Jinping will visit the US in September, state media announced Wednesday after he had a phone conversation with counterpart Barack Obama.

The Chinese President accepted the invitation from Obama as they exchanged greetings for the upcoming Lunar New Year in China.

Obama had come to China on a state visit last November.

“Urging both sides to respect and accommodate each other's core interests and major concerns, Xi expressed the hope that Washington takes seriously China's concern on Taiwan and Tibet to keep China-US ties away from unfavourable interference,” official news agency Xinhua quoted Xi telling Obama.

Last week, China had expressed sharp displeasure after Obama’s meeting with the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama at a prayer meeting in Washington.

China regards the Dalai Lama as a separatist in the garb of a religious leader and urges world leaders not to meet him.

“Over the past year, we have had a series of in-depth talks, reaching important consensus on China-US ties as well as significant issues concerning regional and international peace and development,” the news agency said.

Xi said he hoped that the China-US strategic and economic dialogue and China-US high-level consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) that will be held in the United States this year will achieve as many positive results as possible under the joint efforts of the two sides.

Before an earlier summit with Obama in the US, Xi had called for forging a “new type of relationship between major countries”.

During Wednesday’s conversation, Xi said the two countries need to broaden their relationship and cooperation in “economy and trade, military, energy, environmental protection, infrastructure and law enforcement and expand people-to-people exchange, so as to consolidate the foundation of China-US ties”.

Obama said the US was ready to increase coordination with China and accommodate each other's concern to work for a high-standard bilateral investment treaty and is ready to enhance dialogue and cooperation to lift global demand.

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