Chinese President Hu Jintao will meet with President Bush at the White House on April 20, making his first official visit to the United States since becoming president in 2003.

Hu had planned a visit last September but postponed it after Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast and Bush turned his attention to the government's slow response to the storm.

"The visit is an opportunity for the president to work with the Chinese leader on a number of areas of mutual interest and to make progress on resolving outstanding differences," McClellan told reporters traveling with Bush to West Virginia.

"The president looks forward to discussing with President Hu a full range of regional international issues, including the war on terrorism, nonproliferation, and advancing freedom and promoting prosperity in Asia and beyond," he said.

Bush visited Beijing last November.