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China's Xi to pay first visit as president to Europe in March

Published on Jan 23, 2014 3:38 AM

BRUSSELS (REUTERS) - China's Xi Jinping is expected to make his first trip as president to Europe in March, to meet the country's most important export partners after a year of trade tensions, EU diplomats said.

Mr Xi will participate in a Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague on March 24-25, which US President Barack Obama will also attend to discuss efforts to prevent nuclear terrorism with other world leaders.

One diplomat said Mr Obama and Mr Xi, who became president in March last year, are likely to hold talks on the sidelines of that meeting.

From the Netherlands, Mr Xi will travel to France and Germany before concluding his trip in Brussels on March 29, the diplomats told Reuters. "The Chinese President is expected to come to Brussels on March 29 and meet EU leaders," one said.

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