China attaches great importance to U.S. President Barack Obama's visit in November, a senior Chinese official told visiting U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg in Beijing Tuesday.
State Councilor Dai Bingguo said China would work with the U.S. to ensure the success of this visit.
Steinberg, who arrived in China Monday, said President Obama was looking forward to his visit, and hoped it would promote U.S.-China relations.
Dai said relations between the two countries had developed vigorously with close exchanges and cooperation since the Obama administration took office.
The two sides should work together for the continuous and steady development of bilateral ties, Dai said.
A key mission of Steinberg's China trip is to prepare for Obama's visit. It is part of the senior U.S. diplomat's week-long tour of Asia, which also takes him to Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul and Tokyo.
He said Obama considered his meeting with President Hu Jintao in New York last week had given an impetus to bilateral ties.
Obama's visit would "mark an important milestone in building mutual trust and respect between the people of China and the United States," said a statement from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing late Tuesday on his departure from China.