• search

China's Hu brings deals and promises to wary U.S.

Written by: Staff

BEIJING, Apr 18 (Reuters) Chinese President Hu Jintao today left for the United States bearing business deals and soothing words intended to allay U S fears about China's ambitions, but he faces a U S audience keen for more results.

The highlight of Hu's four-day trip will be a summit on Thursday with U S President George W Bush But he will first touch down in Seattle, where he will tour a production plant of Boeing Co whose business has boomed on Chinese orders.

Hu, whose entourage includes his foreign and trade ministers, will also dine at the 100 million dollars home of Bill Gates, the chairman of Microsoft Corp . and the world's richest man.

China sought to quell U S trade complaints by signing contracts worth 16.2 billion dollars while Vice Premier Wu Yi visited the United States last week, an editorial in the state-run China Daily said today.

''Hu's trip is set to clear U S minds of doubts and suspicion about China,'' the newspaper said.

But yesterday, U S Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick said Beijing had been ''agonisingly slow'' in reforming its currency -- a key demand in Washington, where many say China's yuan is undervalued, making Chinese exports artificially cheap.

Hu is seeking to calm U S audiences not only about trade, but also China's long-range ambitions.

In Seattle, Hu will meet U S and Chinese academics, including Zheng Bijian, a long-time Communist Party adviser who has promoted the idea that China's ''peaceful rise'' need not provoke severe conflict with Washington.

STATE VISIT? In Washington, D C, Hu will have lunch at the White House, although not the state banquet China has pressed for. China insists Hu's trip is a fully fledged state visit but the White House has said it is not.


For Daily Alerts

For Breaking News from Oneindia
Get instant news updates throughout the day.

Notification Settings X
Time Settings
Clear Notification X
Do you want to clear all the notifications from your inbox?
Settings X
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Oneindia sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Oneindia website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more