The White House formally announced Tuesday that Chinese President Xi Jinping will make his first state visit to Washington on Sept. 25.
Administration officials had first revealed in February that Xi would come, and the dates of his visit were well known in foreign policy circles for months. Xi is expected to stop in Seattle to meet with U.S. business leaders before coming to Washington on Sept. 24, and he plans to attend the U.N. General Assembly in New York after his meetings with Obama.
The president will hold a state dinner for Xi and his wife, Peng Liyuan, on the evening of Sept. 25, after a ceremonial arrival on the South Lawn in the morning and a series of bilateral meetings between the presidents.
Xi’s visit “will present an opportunity to expand U.S.-China cooperation on a range of global, regional, and bilateral issues of mutual interest, while also enabling President Obama and President Xi to address areas of disagreement constructively,” the White House said in a statement.
As The Post detailed in a story Tuesday, the visit comes at a time of mounting tension over cybersecurity issues and China’s assertive maritime behavior in the South China Sea.