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G20: White House announces Obama's China trip

By Xinhua

G20: White House announces Obama's China trip
China's President Xi Jinping (right) listens to US President Barack Obama (left) in a P5+1 meeting during the Nuclear Security Summit at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on April 1, 2016 in Washington, DC. (STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP)
WASHINGTON - The White House announced Thursday that US President Barack Obama is to travel to China and Laos in early September, during which he will attend the G20 summit and conduct his first visit to Laos.

Obama's September 2-9 trip will "highlight the President's ongoing commitment to the G-20 as the premier forum for international economic cooperation as well as the US Rebalance to Asia and the Pacific," the White House said in a statement.

In China, Obama will participate in his final G-20 summit, "where he will emphasize the need to continue building on the progress made since 2009 in advancing strong, sustainable, and balanced global economic growth," the statement reads.

"He will underscore the importance of G-20 cooperation in promoting a level playing field and broad-based economic opportunity," it reads.

Obama "will also conduct in-depth meetings with President Xi Jinping of China in Hangzhou, where the two leaders will discuss a wide-range of global, regional, and bilateral issues," it reads.

While in Laos, Obama will participate in the US-ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit, according to the statement.

"Additionally, he will have bilateral meetings with President Bounnhang Vorachith and other key officials to advance US-Lao cooperation on economic, development, and people-to-people ties, among other areas," it reads.

Obama also will participate in the Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative Summit, where he will hold a town hall meeting.

During the ASEAN Summit, Obama will discuss ways to strengthen the US economic cooperation with the countries of Southeast Asia, which collectively represent America's fourth largest trading partner, and further enhance the collaboration on regional and global challenges.

"This visit also will support the President's efforts to expand opportunities for American businesses and workers to sell their products in some of the world's fastest-growing markets. Central to this effort is the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the high-standards trade agreement that will unlock key markets to American exports and cement America's economic leadership in the Asia-Pacific," the statement reads.

This will be Obama's 11th trip to Asia since taking office in 2009.

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