Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, widely touted to be the country’s next leader, has arrived in Washington, starting his week-long official visit to the U.S., Beijing officials said Tuesday.
Xi, who arrived in the U.S. capital at around 2 p.m. on Monday, issued a written statement upon his arrival, according to China’s official government Web site.
“I am pleased that Vice President Joseph Biden invited me on an official visit to the United States,” he wrote.
“My visit is to implement the important consensus reached between President Hu Jintao and President Barack Obama during President Hu’s U.S. visit in January last year, to promote mutual respect, mutual benefits and to build a win-win China-U.S. cooperative partnership.”
Xi said China and the U.S. have more extensive common interests and shoulder important common responsibilities as the world continues to undergo complex and profound changes.
“At a turning point in history, the two sides can seize the opportunity to resolve challenges. Building the China-U.S. partnership is related to the future of our two countries and the world,” he said.
The Chinese vice president also stressed that despite ups and downs, the 40-year relationship between the two countries continued moving forward, bringing peace, stability and prosperity to the Asia-Pacific region and a positive and far-reaching impact to the world.