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Updated 11:29 AM EDT, Tue, Jun 16, 2020

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United States Prepares for First Official Visit of Chinese Leader Xi Jinping

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(Photo : Reuters/Jorge Silva) China's President Xi Jinping, also referred to as Xi Dada, gives his "cute" smile.

United States officials on Monday announced that Chinese leader Xi Jinping will arrive in the country by the end of September. This will be Xi's first official visit to the U.S. and the discussion between him and President Obama will focus on bilateral business relations and allegations of Chinese cyber attacks, which has embarrassed and infuriated the American government.

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Time reported that the Xi's official trip to the U.S. is seen as reciprocating the visit of President Obama to China last year. Upon his arrival, the Chinese president and his wife will be welcomed by their American counterparts and will be the guest of honor in a White House dinner.

The itinerary of the Chinese president in the U.S. will include a visit to Seattle, where he will talk with a number of American business leaders before proceeding to the White House. On September 28, Xi will then proceed to New York, where he is expected to attend the United Nations general assembly.

Obama and Xi are expected to discuss the terms of an investment treaty between the two countries. Both countries have imposed investment and trade barriers against each other, although the U.S. faces more trade restrictions in China, according Reuters. The financial effect of China's economic slump to the rest of the world may be one of the topics the two leaders will discuss.

Many in the U.S. are waiting to hear what Xi will say about a series of cyber attacks against American government agencies, including the theft of personal data from millions of current and former public workers.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hong Lei recently said that Beijing does not condone cyber crimes and will prosecute those who are caught engaging in it. The spokesperson also said that the Chinese government is willing to cooperate with the U.S. to put a stop to these cyber attacks.

Obama is expected to also relay his concerns over the aggressive expansion of China in the Pacific. China's artificial land building projects on several reefs and atolls in the Spratly Islands has angered several neighboring countries with similar claims to the area.

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