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Obama to meet with Xi Jinping on the sidelines of G20: White House
   2016-08-19 08:56:33    Xinhua/CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Fei Fei

The White House has confirmed "in-depth" meetings between U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping during the upcoming G20 summit in Hangzhou.

A statement by the White House says the two leaders will discuss "a wide range of global, regional and bilateral issues."

The upcoming G20 summit carries the theme of "Promoting an innovative, dynamic, concerted and inclusive world economy." It will take place from September 4th to 5th.

China's Vice Foreign Minister Li Baoding has previously said that the Chinese president is going to be delivering a number of speeches during his time in Hangzhou, which will include addressing the B20, or Business-20 sessions, before the opening of the G20.

Li also said Xi Jinping is going to be very publicly active during the G20 meetings.

According to Li, Xi's itinerary during the G20 summit includes presiding over the welcoming ceremony, the opening ceremony, meetings of five phases, the closing ceremony and 11 other events.

After the summit, Xi Jinping will meet the press to brief on the main results and related information of the summit.

The forthcoming summit in Hangzhou will be the 11th time the G20, consisting of the world's 20 major economies, has come together as a group. China is holding the G20 presidency this year.

The White House statement says following the G20, Obama will travel to Laos, which will make the first US president to do so.

Obama is expected to meet with Lao president Bounnhang Vorachith and other senior officials to advance U.S.- Lao relations.

Obama will also participate in the U.S.-ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit while in Laos, which is the current chair of ASEAN.

The White House says the trip will Obama's eleventh visit to Asia since taking office in 2009.

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