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Xi Jinping leaves for US

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Attention is focused on his summit with US President Barack Obama, where issues such as China's increasing maritime presence and cybersecurity top the agenda

Chinese President Xi Jinping has left for the United States on his first state visit to the country.

Attention is focused on his summit with US President Barack Obama, where issues such as China's increasing maritime presence and cybersecurity top the agenda.

Xi will first visit Seattle on the US West Coast. He is scheduled to attend a forum that invites heads of major US firms including General Motors and Apple. Xi is expected to call for further economic cooperation, by stressing his confidence that China's stable growth will continue.

The Chinese president will meet Obama on Friday for the first time in almost 10 months.

They will exchange views over China's increased presence in the South China Sea. Beijing has reclaimed land in the disputed Spratly Islands in an apparent attempt to build 3 runways, each 3 kilometers long.

Hacking attacks on US companies, where China's involvement is suspected, will also be discussed. Last week, Obama indicated that the US government may impose some kind of sanctions on China over alleged state-sponsored cybertheft.

Xi is expected to tell Obama that its activities in the South China Sea are a matter of sovereignty.

On the issue of cyberattacks, he is likely to stress that China is also a victim of the activities and propose joint efforts to deal with them.

China has pressed the US to treat it as a partner on an equal footing, based on its strong economy.

Attention is focused on how China can elude pressure from the US and agree on bilateral cooperative ties at a time when its economy is slowing down.