President Hu due in Canada for visit
Chinese President Hu Jintao is due to arrive in Canada to begin his first tour of North America since becoming China's supreme leader, after cancelling stops in the United States due to Hurricane Katrina, according to Chinese officials, AFP reported.
His visit to Washington would have been his first since becoming president of China. Hu traveled to the US capital in May 2002 when he was vice-president.
Tensions over trade, political and strategic issues would likely have dominated the contentious summit.
Hu has also cancelled tours of the Boeing aircraft plant and Microsoft's Seattle headquarters September 6-8, as well as plans to give a speech at Yale University.
But, Hu will continue with the Canadian and Mexican stops of his tour and attend the United Nations General Assembly 60th anniversary summit in New York on September 14-16 as planned, the Chinese official said.
Bush moved into crisis mode after Katrina swept through the southern United States on August 29, leaving a broad trail of destruction and a massive exodus of evacuees from New Orleans and surrounding areas.
The two leaders, who spoke by telephone early Saturday, agreed to meet on the sidelines of the UN meeting, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said in a statement.
They will discuss bilateral relations and international and regional issues
of common concern, according to a statement posted on China's US embassy
website, and exchange views on matters concerning the United Nations.