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A visit of great importance

Xi Jinping's state visit to the US is drawing global attention, reflecting his growing stature as a world statesman and the prominence China now enjoys in world affairs.

While China has an attractive culture that has long been admired by foreigners, there is sometimes a yawning gap between that and the communist regime's actions.

CHINESE President Xi Jinping will make his first state visit to the White House on Thursday to meet US President Barack Obama. The trip - which has been billed in some quarters as the most important US visit by a Chinese leader since Deng Xiaoping in 1979 - is drawing massive global attention

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