Chinese President Xi to meet US business and technology executives


Meetings with US business leaders and technology titans were set to dominate the second day of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the United States Wednesday.

Xi was due to speak at a morning roundtable with top Seattle-area executives, including the heads of Boeing, Microsoft, Starbucks and Amazon.

He was then to tour a Boeing factory at Everett, Washington, the Seattle Times reported.

On Tuesday, a group of Chinese companies in Seattle signed a deal with Boeing for 300 new planes, Chinese state media reported.

The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China also signed what was described as a “cooperative document” to build a 737 aircraft completion centre in China, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Later Wednesday, Xi was headed to the Microsoft campus for a US-China Internet Industry Forum, including a possible appearance by Apple chief executive Tim Cook.

Xi departs Thursday for Washington for talks with US President Barack Obama.

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