Saturday, July 7, 2012
The man likely to become China's next leader, Vice-President Xi Jinping, has begun a closely watched visit to the United States.
In comments to a US newspaper ahead of his trip, Mr Xi sounded a note of warning to the US over its military stance in the Pacific.
He said scaling up military activity was not what countries in the region wanted to see.
He is due to meet President Barack Obama at the White House on Tuesday.
"This will be an opportunity for the leaders of both countries to really sit down and talk about our differences," said US Ambassador to China Gary Locke after greeting Mr Xi.
He added that the presidents would also be able to "really focus on the common interests that both the US and China have".
Mr Xi, 58, is widely expected to succeed President Hu Jintao, who must retire as head of the Communist Party later this year and from the presidency in 2013.
His visit comes a year after Mr Hu's trip to Washington, which he referred to in his comments published in The Washington Post as written, translated answers provided by the Chinese government in response to the newspaper's questions.