United States Vice-President Joe Biden will visit China later this month, as Beijing is showing growing concerns about the ongoing US debt crisis and the country's expected arms sales to Taiwan. The US State Department announced yesterday that Biden would depart for China, Mongolia and Japan on August 16. During his stay on the mainland, he will meet President Hu Jintao, Vice President Xi Jinping and Premier Wen Jiabao . The US said both sides would discuss a broad range of bilateral, regional and global issues, but analysts expect the pending US arms sales to Taiwan to top the agenda. Biden's tour of Asia will coincide with the 29th anniversary of an agreement signed between both countries on August 17, 1982, when the US promised to gradually reduce the sale of military weapons to Taiwan. US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said a decision would be made by October 1 on whether to sell Taiwan 66 new F-16 C/D fighters. There is speculation that the US may simply opt to upgrade Taiwan's 145 existing F-16 A/B fighters to reduce the impact on Sino-US ties. 'China will call upon the US to follow the 1982 agreement,' said Jin Canrong, a US-affairs expert at Renmin University. 'Even if the US proceeds with the plan, China will seek to reduce the damage by asking the US to sell only the lower-level arms.' Sino-US ties were severed last year over a US$6.3 billion arms deal between the US and Taiwan. Sun Zhe, an international relations expert at Tsinghua University, said China's response to the arms sales plan would affect the outcome of talks. 'It has yet to be seen whether the US decision will affect the upcoming Apec meeting in Hawaii in November, where President Barack Obama and President Hu are expected to meet, or Vice-President Xi's visit to the US later this year,' he said. Xi is expected to reciprocate Biden's visit with one of his own, but 'if a time for the visit cannot be confirmed, it may suggest that Biden's talk was not very effective', Jin said. The announcement of Biden's visit came after the US Senate voted to raise the nation's debt ceiling, but Beijing - the largest holder of US Treasury bonds - said the effects of the debt crisis would still linger. 'Xi will probably discuss how China's assets in US dollars will be affected by the country's economic problems,' said Tao Wenzhao, a researcher at the Institute of American Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Jin said Biden would likely ask China for the following: continue to help US efforts to make an economic recovery, provide aid in Afghanistan's reconstruction efforts after the US military's withdrawal, and to press Pakistan to step up anti-terrorism efforts. Analysts also expect talks to include regional tensions in the South China Sea, and the six-party talks with North Korea, which recently regained momentum after a meeting between North Korean officials and their South Korean and US counterparts. Biden is expected to visit Chengdu , where major US firms have set up businesses.