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Monday, August 10, 2015, 11:19

China, US to exchange officials for Xi's visit

By Xinhua
China, US to exchange officials for Xi's visit
US President Barack Obama (left ) and China's President Xi Jinping shake hands following a bilateral meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov 12 , 2014. (AFP PHOTO / Mandel NGAN)

BEIJING - China and the United States will send senior officials to each other's country in preparation for the state visit to the United States by Chinese President Xi Jinping in September.

Several senior US officials will visit China in August and September, based on a consensus reached by the two sides, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said Monday.

Meanwhile, some senior Chinese officials will visit the US to pave the way for Xi's upcoming visit, which is at the invitation of his counterpart Barack Obama.

Last week, China's foreign minister Wang Yi told US Secretary of State John Kerry in Kuala Lumpur that as President Xi Jinping is about to pay a state visit to the United States, China is willing to work with the US on preparations and to ensure the historical visit is a complete success.

Beijing is ready to press ahead with mutually beneficial cooperation in regard to the bilateral investment treaty, trust building measures between the two militaries, and address climate change, Wang said.

Other cooperative items on the agenda include finance, economics and trade, energy, the return of fugitives and illegal assets, and development, according to Wang.

Earlier in June, Top Chinese and US officials wrapped up high-level talks in Washington with substantial outcomes in strategic and economic sectors, as well as people-to-people exchanges.

During this year's seventh China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) and the sixth China-US High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE), a wide range of bilateral, regional and global issues of common concern were covered, including climate change, interaction in the Asia-Pacific region, managing differences and sensitive situations, the United Nations and multilateral affairs, science and innovation, green ports and ships, as well as fighting illegal trade in wildlife.

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