China’s Xi arrives in Seattle for tech visit


Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in the north-western US city of Seattle Tuesday morning for a two-day stop on his way to the White House and United Nations.

Xi will meet in and around Seattle with US business leaders, including Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates, in a visit designed to showcase China’s business clout and reinforce Xi’s technology ties.

On Tuesday, he will meet with local government leaders and deliver a speech at a dinner for business executives and other VIPs, including former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, media reports said.

Xi will speak Wednesday at a morning roundtable with Seattle-area business leaders, including chief executives of Boeing, Microsoft, Starbucks and Amazon, then tour Boeing’s factory at Everett, Washington, the Seattle Times reported.

On Wednesday afternoon, he is expected on the Microsoft campus for a US-China Internet Industry Forum and likely meetings with more tech titans, including a rumoured appearance by Apple chief executive Tim Cook, before making a nostalgic visit to a Tacoma, Washington, high school he visited as a provincial official in 1993.

Xi will depart Thursday for Washington, DC, where he will meet US President Barack Obama for a state visit that will include an official state dinner.

From the US capital, he will travel to New York, where he will address the UN General Assembly Monday.