Chinese President Xi Jinping will begin his first state visit to the U.S. later this month, seeking to deepen bilateral relations between the world’s two biggest economies.
Experts believe that the meeting will enhance trade and investment in the information technology sector in both countries, while helping narrow differences over protectionist policies and cyber security.
Over the past three decades, Xi has visited the United States six times.
Xi’s first visit to the U.S. was in 1985, as the Secretary of the County Party Committee of Zhengding, Hebei province. Xi, a then young and promising junior official, led a five-person agricultural delegation to Muscatine, Iowa.
During his stay there, he visited farms, joined in a local birthday party, and picnicked on a boat with his hosts on the Mississippi River.
His next two visits in the 1990s came while he was serving as the Secretary of municipal Party committee of Fuzhou, Fujian province.
During those trips, Xi sought to learn more about urban construction and planning in the U.S. and listened to overseas Chinese people’s suggestions on developments in China.
In 2006, Xi, then Secretary of Zhejiang Provincial Committee, visited Washington D.C., New York and New Jersey, where he attended activities aimed at promoting economic cooperation between the U.S. and Zhejiang Province.
As Vice President of China, Xi visited the United States again in 2012 for a five-day visit aimed at advancing the China-U.S. relationship.
During the trip, Xi met with several former senior U.S. officials, including former secretaries of state Henry Kissinger and Madeleine Albright, and former treasury secretary Henry Paulson.
He also took the time to revisit Muscatine, Iowa, and watched the LA Lakers face off against the Phoenix Suns.
Xi’s last visit to the U.S. came in June 2013, when he met President Barack Obama for an informal summit at Sunnylands, California. During the closed-door meetings, both leaders shared their views on China-U.S. ties, along with global issues including climate change, military cooperation and cyber security.
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