THE Governor, Mr Chris Patten, plans to visit the United States in March. Although dates for the trip have still to be finalised by the Hongkong and US governments, Mr Patten is understood to be keen to meet the newly installed President, Mr Bill Clinton, as soon as possible. While discussions on the US trip are under way, Mr Patten's aides are also working on March dates for trips to the United Kingdom and Japan. Mr Patten has agreed to attend a seminar organised by the Japan-UK 2000 Group in Tokyo in early March. The group is organising a series of seminars between March 5 and 8 with one expected to discuss the economies of Hongkong and China. Mr Patten is expected to address the issue of China's Most Favoured Nation trading status, a subject he is bound to discuss with Mr Clinton in Washington. The Governor has already made it clear that he intends to lobby for an extension of MFN. Mr Patten's trip to London will be used to brief Britain's cabinet on developments in Hongkong before any meeting between the Foreign Secretary, Mr Douglas Hurd, and his Chinese counterpart, Mr Qian Qichen. Although there is no official date for Mr Hurd to see Mr Qian, early April is considered a possibility. While China is understood to be keen to hold the meeting in Beijing, it is understood the British side favours Brussels. Sources said the London trip would allow Mr Patten to brief the cabinet on his assessment of the Legislative Council's support for his constitutional reform package. The bills giving effect to Mr Patten's political blueprint would have been under scrutiny by legislators for about a month by the time of a March visit.