Intense preparations for Xi‘s first state visit to US

Sep 22, 2015, 08:40 am

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By Hong Soon-do, Beijing correspondent, AsiaToday - Chinese President Xi Jinping has finally arrived in the United States on Tuesday to have a summit with U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday. Xi's visit to America is seen as especially important one since it's his first state visit. It's easy to see how significant this visit is, considering the fact that the Chinese president will be accompanied by 100 Chinese businesspeople, and the recent statement of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who emphasized that President Xi's visit will be a trip to enhance trust and reduce misgivings. .

Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan made a visit in June 2013. This time, China made thorough preparations for Xi's first state visit./ Source from Xinhua News Agency

This is why China has made thorough preparations ahead of Xi's trip. According to state media outlets on Monday, Chinese officials' U.S. visit was one of the key preparations for Xi's U.S. trip. From September 9-12, Meng Jianzhu, the secretary of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission of the Chinese Communist Party, traveled to Washington as President Xi Jinping's special envoy along with his delegation consisted of leading officials. The visit focused on one of the main points of friction between the U.S. and China: cyber affairs. Meng and the delegation have attempted to let the U.S. understand that China is well aware of importance of the issue and that they are making best efforts.

On September 16, Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi, as President Xi Jinping's Special Representative, made a visit to the United States to discuss climate change issues with Vice President Joe Biden of the U.S.. He has discussed various issues pending between the two countries to ensure Xi's U.S. visit can be a successful one. Furthermore, Xi Jinping met with U.S. delegates on September 17, and pointed out that mutual benefit and win-win results are the essence of China-U.S. relations. He said, "Although there exist some divergences, both sides should take a wider view and avoid strategic misunderstanding and misjudgments."

The Chinese authorities are making their best efforts, however, there are so many variables to consider. The United States' ambiguous distrust of China is one of the most important variables. Moreover, another variable can be the completely different view of China and the U.S. on Japan's controversial security bills that have been passed into law recently. Professor Han Xian-dong at China University of Political Science and Law said, "Japan's security bills have emerged as another variable that could influence the summit. However, it's not the responsibility of China. It's what the U.S. and Japan should answer."

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