China leader says he looks forward to US trip, Obama summit

China leader says he looks forward to US trip, Obama summit

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping said Thursday he's looking forward to his first visit to the U.S. as president & expects it to deepen understanding & friendship between the two countries.

In an address at a China-U.S. business leaders' dialogue in Beijing, Xi moreover said he is looking forward to having "broad contact with Americans from all walks of life."

Xi departs next week for a trip to Seattle, Washington D.C. & New York, with talks planned with President Barack Obama on Sept. 25. They are expected to discuss trade, North Korea's nuclear program & Iran, among other issues.

p>The two sides are not expected to make major breakthroughs on some of the thorniest issues between them, including allegations of Beijing-directed cyberattacks on the U.S. & China's moves to assert territorial claims in the South China Sea.

But there may be conciliatory gestures such as restarting dialogue on cybersecurity & a pact on avoiding unintended incidents between military aircraft.

Source: “Associated Press”