Chinese President Xi Jinping begins his first state visit as Chinese President to the United States next week.

Xi Jinping will first land in Seattle where he is expected to meet with U.S. business leaders. After that, it’s on to Washington to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House. From there, Xi is scheduled to address the U.N. General Assembly in New York City.

For a preview of the highly anticipated visit, The Heat spoke to China’s Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai at the Chinese embassy in Washington.