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The head of the Secretariat of the Chinese Communist Party Xi Jinping will visit the United States on February 14th. The visit comes as strained ties between the world's two largest economies has received attention during the 2012 US election race. We talked to Chinese democracy activist Wei Jingsheng about the issues involved with the visit.
On Monday, US Vice President Joe Biden's office announced that the appointed Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping would visit the United States on February 14th. The visit comes eight months after Biden's visit to China.
With the 2012 US election coming up, US relations with China is one of the issues on the agenda for debate. We talked to Chinese democracy activist Wei Jingsheng in Washington, DC to get his thoughts on the matter.
[Wei Jingsheng, Democracy Activist]:
"Because of domestic pressure, the Obama administration will definitely want to obtain some trade concessions from China in this year's election. Including (adjustment of) the yuan exchange rate, or in the human rights aspect, these are all bargaining chips, and especially now America is reasonably strong. On the other hand, China will hold the 18th Party Congress. The infighting will be pretty severe. I think in this conflict with the United States, everyone will pass the baton to Xi Jinping. This matter is very difficult, if you take care of it, no matter how you handle it, you can't resolve it. So I think that when Xi Jinping comes here, he will be on the defensive, and he will make very little concessions for the US."
Obama recently announced a shift in focus for the US military. US forces will now concentrate on the Pacific, with an increased presence and new military bases in Australia. The move comes as the Chinese regime is expanding its military.