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Chinese leader Xi Jinping on first state visit to United States

September 21, 2015 - UNITED STATES

Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Barack Obama meet in Washington DC on or about Sep 21 in a bid to halt the growing tension between the two economic giants.

It is the Chinese leader's first state visit since taking over the ruling Communist Party. He is expected to raise the issue of U.S. support for Taiwan and Tibet, while the United States is likely to protest against the alleged hacking of U.S. government personnel records by Chinese operatives; maritime skirmishes between China and its neighbors in the South China Sea; and now renewed allegations that Beijing is manipulating its currency to gain an economic advantage on U.S. businesses.

China has been angered in the past by U.S. weapons sales to Taiwan, which Beijing regards as a renegade Chinese province. Beijing also regularly warns against foreign support of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, who it accuses of seeking to establish an independent Tibet.

Xi and Obama had an informal summit in California in 2013, and Obama made a state visit to Beijing in Nov 2014.

Why 2015 Will Be a Great Year for US-China Relations (The Diplomat 12 Feb 2015)

China's Xi to make first state visit to U.S. as both flag problems (Reuters 11 Feb 2015)

Date written/update: 2015-08-23