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Xi to visit US next week

By Agencies

BEIJING - Chinese President Xi Jinping will pay a state visit to the United States from Sept 22 to 25 at the invitation of US President Barack Obama, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson announced on Wednesday morning.

At the invitation of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Xi will visit the UN headquarters in New York to attend a series summits to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations from Sept 26 to 28, according to the spokesperson Lu Kang.

President Xi's upcoming visit to the United States will hammer home his view that peace will bring mutual benefit while conflict will harm both sides, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Wednesday.

"This visit is in the interests of friendly cooperation between China and the United States, and is also in the interests of world peace and development. It will surely be a milestone for China-US relations," Wang said at the Lanting Forum in Beijing.

"President Xi's visit will present an opportunity to expand US-China cooperation on a range of global, regional, and bilateral issues of mutual interest, while also enabling President Obama and President Xi to address areas of disagreement constructively," the White House said in a statement.

"The President and Mrs Obama will host President Xi and Madame Peng Liyuan at an official State Dinner on the evening of September 25."

The United States does not plan to impose sanctions on Chinese entities for alleged economic cyber attacks ahead of next week's US visit by Xi Jinping, a senior US official said on Tuesday.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, suggested the reason was to avoid casting a shadow over Xi's visit.

The Washington Post first reported the decision, citing a senior Obama administration official as saying it came after an all-night meeting on Friday during which the two sides reached "substantial agreement" on several cybersecurity issues.

The newspaper quoted the official as saying sanctions were not off the table. "But there is an agreement, and there are not going to be any sanctions" before Xi arrives on Sept 24, the official said.

Last week, US officials said Washington was considering sanctions against both Russian and Chinese individuals and companies for alleged cyber attacks against US commercial targets.

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