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Hu Jintao to Visit Washington This Week

Chinese President Hu Jintao heads to Washington this week for his first official visit to the White House.

Mr. Hu will seek to convince Washington and the American people that China's economic growth and increasing influence in Asia are no threat to U.S. interests.

President Bush says he is looking forward to his April 20th meeting with Mr. Hu and hopes Beijing is prepared to take real action to ease U.S. trade concerns.

The U.S. trade deficit with China grew to more than 200 billion dollars last year - a record.

The Chinese leader is expected to raise the issue of Taiwan with Mr. Bush, and call on the United States to stick with its position that there is one China of which Taiwan is a part.