Xi Jinping’s trip to United States

President Xi Jinping is set to meet President Obama in Washington

China’s state media welcome the recent announcement that President Xi Jinping could visit the US, voicing hope for an improvement in ties. This is a great opportunity to discuss possible economic agreement in order to further boost each country. US National Security Adviser Susan Rice said on Friday that Washington had invited Mr Xi on a state visit later this year.A report in the Global Times’ Chinese edition thinks the trip will be a “significant expression of friendly China-US ties”. A commentary in the paper insists Beijing is not opposed to Washington’s much-trumpeted “pivot to Asia”, but adds that “stability in China-US ties is essential” for the success of the strategy.”Mr Obama understands this, so inviting Chairman Xi to visit is to an important step to ensure such stability,” says the article. China has been accused by the United States for trying to claim territories that are not really theirs. The meeting between two leaders will allow them to discuss the matter.

The meeting will be an opportunity to discuss US-China relations

While pointing out that major differences still exist, the China Daily urges both sides not to let these “stand in the way of improving bilateral relations”, and to be “aware of where to toe the line so as not to infringe upon each other’s core interests”.Although China last week protested against Mr Obama’s attendance at a prayer event with the Dalai Lama, the China Net news portal praises the US president for not directly meeting the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, saying this shows the White House does not want the Tibet issue to hurt relations.It adds that the invitation to Mr Xi demonstrates that Washington “clearly understands that Beijing is no longer a weak opponent”. But noting that the US has also invited Mr Abe to a state visit, the commentary adds that Washington is “still playing a balancing act between China and Japan”.”Long-term effort is still required to build up mutual trust between Beijing and Washington,” it concludes.

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