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Chinese President to Attend US-Led Nuclear Summit

Chinese President to Attend US-Led Nuclear Summit

China says President Hu Jintao will travel to the United States this month to attend an international summit on nuclear security.

Thursday's announcement by Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang puts an end to weeks of speculation that Mr. Hu would boycott the forum due to increasing tensions between Beijing and Washington.

U.S. President Barack Obama will host the summit in Washington on April 12-13. The summit will focus on nuclear disarmament and strategies to prevent acts of nuclear terrorism.

The spokesman says China supports efforts to strengthen international cooperation against nuclear terrorism.

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Relations between China and the United States have been strained over a number of issues, including $6.4 billion in U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and Mr. Obama's recent meeting with the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader.

China said Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama "seriously" hurt bilateral relations. It summoned U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman to protest.

The two superpowers have also clashed over trade, China's Internet censorship practices, and the value of the Chinese currency.

The U.S. Treasury will issue a report shortly after the summit that could accuse Beijing of deliberately manipulating the yuan to give its exporters a competitive advantage.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.