United States officials are studying sites in China and Hong Kong for possible presidential visits ahead of Bill Clinton's trip in June. A White House team will visit China early next month to study possible venues for visits and public appearances and to make arrangements for security, accommodation and media coverage. The team will also visit Hong Kong, which a US official yesterday confirmed was high on the list of cities Mr Clinton was likely to see. Apart from Beijing, Mr Clinton was expected to travel to Shanghai, the official said, adding that no other arrangements had yet been confirmed. Undersecretary of State Thomas Pickering will also travel to Beijing next month for talks with senior officials aimed at 'following up on issues that came out of the October summit, continuing our strategic dialogue'. Both sides were hoping for concrete developments in June, the official said. The White House is organising Mr Clinton's visit to appeal as much to United States viewers as to the Chinese public. Because of this it is likely the President will focus on US corporate projects on the mainland, as well as photo opportunities stressing the cultural heritage of the host country. 'For our part, I think we'd like to do as much as possible to establish a connection with the people of China,' the US official said. 'This President would like to do things that are related to China and its people. 'We're looking for things in terms of making China more real to the American people.' Chinese officials have made it clear they are eager to allow President Clinton an open book in drawing up his plans. The idea behind including the SAR, the US official said, was to show Washington's strong interests in a healthy Hong Kong. Stephen Yates of the Heritage Foundation in Washington said he believed Mr Clinton's expected stop-off in Hong Kong was to make amends for Vice-President Al Gore's much-criticised failure to visit the territory during a trip to the mainland last year. He said: 'There's no strong policy reason for him to visit Hong Kong, but it's a wise move.'