President Jiang Zemin and his United States counterpart Bill Clinton are due to meet in New York early next month - their first formal discussions in a year and the last before the US presidential elections in November. Diplomatic sources said final arrangements were still being made but announcement of the meeting was expected soon. The talks will come amid a series of bilateral sessions Mr Clinton will hold with foreign leaders on the fringes of the United Nations' Millennium Heads of State Summit from September 6-8. Mr Clinton is also expected to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and South Korean President Kim Dae-jung. 'We are looking to having broad and deep discussions reflecting the solid nature of Chinese-US relations,' one mainland official said. 'This is a positive meeting.' The talks are likely to come as debate starts in the US Senate on whether to grant Permanent Normal Trading Relations (PNTR) to the mainland. Approval would fulfil a key part of the historic Sino-US trade deal last year and pave the way for China's entry to the World Trade Organisation. Both the Clinton administration and Beijing are hoping for a quick and simple positive result to a long-delayed process. The House of Representatives has already voted for PNTR. The New York session is being planned to minimise any controversy surrounding Mr Jiang's visit. He is also expected to receive an update from Mr Clinton on the intensifying presidential election race between Mr Clinton's deputy, Al Gore, and Texas Governor George W. Bush. Beijing is keen to ensure a largely bipartisan approach to Sino-US relations regardless of who replaces Mr Clinton, particularly concerning the one-China policy governing relations with Taiwan. Beijing will be looking to ensure a continuation of warming ties - interrupted by the United States-led Nato bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade in May last year during the Kosovo crisis - that have been a feature of the Clinton-Gore administration. Mr Jiang and Mr Clinton last met after the Asian Pacific Economic Co-operation forum in New Zealand last year. Mr Jiang's visit to New York will follow a trip by National People's Congress Chairman Li Peng to attend a similar UN-sponsored conference for parliamentary heads. Mr Li is linked to the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989 and is not expected to formally meet US officials as part of a deliberately low-key mission. The former premier is expected to hold separate talks with parliamentary counterparts from India, Britain, Russia and Egypt.