The White House announced that U.S. President Barack Obama is to travel to China and Laos in early September, during which he will attend the G20 summit and conduct his first visit to Laos.
Obama's September 2-9 trip will "highlight the President's ongoing commitment to the G20 as the premier forum for international economic cooperation as well as the U.S. Rebalance to Asia and the Pacific," the White House said in a statement.
In China, Obama will participate in his final G20 summit, "where he will emphasize the need to continue building on the progress made since 2009 in advancing strong, sustainable, and balanced global economic growth," the statement said.
"He will underscore the importance of G20 cooperation in promoting a level playing field and broad-based economic opportunity," it said.
Obama "will also conduct in-depth meetings with President Xi Jinping of China in Hangzhou, where the two leaders will discuss a wide-range of global, regional, and bilateral issues," it added.
While in Laos, Obama will participate in the U.S.-ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit, the statement said.
This will be Obama's 11th trip to Asia since taking office in 2009.
(Xinhua News Agency August 18, 2016)