Chinese president to visit US in September

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FILE – In this Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, U.S. President Barack Obama, right smiles as a group of children wave flags and flowers during a welcome ceremony held by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. Xi will make his first state visit as president to the United States in September, Chinese official media reported Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, underlining positive momentum in the often-troubled relationship between the world’s largest economies. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

During a phone call, Chinese President Xi Jinping accepted his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama’s invitation to pay a state visit to the United Sates in September this year, according to a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Wednesday.

Both sides agreed to make full preparations to ensure the success of the trip.

Exchanging New Year greetings, the two leaders agreed to work together to facilitate a steady and healthy growth of China-U.S. relations while promoting a greater development in building their new type of major-country relationship.

During the conversation, Xi said “over the past year, we have had a series of in-depth talks, reaching important consensus on China-U.S. ties as well as significant issues concerning regional and international peace and development.”

“I looked forward to continuing strategic dialogues with President Obama,” Xi added.

Meanwhile, Xi expressed the hope that the China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue and China-U.S. High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) that will be held in the United States this year will achieve as many positive results as possible under the joint efforts of the two sides.

On such major issues as climate change, global development agenda and world health security, the two countries should enhance communication and coordination, Xi stressed.

Reiterating that China’s success is in line with the U.S. interest, Obama said China-U.S. ties have made historic progress in 2014.

The United States is willing to work with China to maintain the momentum, strengthening pragmatic cooperations with China in such fields as economy and trade, jointly addressing regional and global challenges and controlling their differences, Obama said.

He also expressed the hope that two countries will enhance communication and cooperation on climate change so as to secure positive outcome at a major climate summit in Paris in December.

Appreciating China’s contributions to helping African countries fight the deadly Ebola epidemic, Obama said he hopes to join hands with China in promoting global health security.

Stressing that Washington attaches great importance to the development of bilateral as well as global economy, Obama said the U.S. is ready to increase coordination with China and accommodate each other’s concern to work for a high-standard bilateral investment treaty and is ready to enhance dialogue and cooperation to lift global demand.

Meanwhile, the two leaders exchanged views on regional and international issues like cyber security, Iran’s nuclear issue, the situation on the Korean Peninsula, snd the 70th anniversary of the victory over Fascism, promising to increase coordination and cooperation in order to help solve issues concerning global security and stability.

Report complied with information from Xinhua News.