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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

No State Visit for China

WASHINGTON () -- The White House on Monday said the state of U.S.-Chinese relations did not justify inviting President Jiang Zemin to pay a state visit to Washington but a summit meeting may take place in New York.

"We don't believe that our bilateral relationship at the moment is at a sufficient state of progress to warrant a state visit," spokesman Mike McCurry told reporters.

U.S. officials have said unofficially that U.S. President Bill Clinton was willing to meet Jiang at the UN General Assembly in New York on Oct. 23 or 24.