China vice president to visit White House Feb. 14

WASHINGTON (AP) ? Vice President Xi (shee) Jinping who is expected to succeed Hu Jintao as the next president of China will visit the White House on Feb. 14.

The White House made the announcement Monday. It reciprocates Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to China last August.

Xi will meet with President Barack Obama, Biden and other senior administration officials to discuss a broad range of bilateral, regional and global issues.

He also will travel to Iowa and California.

The trip is an opportunity for Xi to meet U.S. leaders ahead of his own elevation, as Hu nears the end of his 10 years as China’s Communist Party chief.

U.S.-China relations have deepened in recent years but remain troubled by economic and trade disputes and an emerging military rivalry.