President Xi Jinping lands in Seattle, kicking off U.S. state visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Seattle on Tuesday, kicking off his first state visit to the United States since taking office in 2013.

While in Seattle, Xi is expected to have a roundtable meeting with some of China’s most powerful CEOs and their U.S. counterparts, and deliver a major policy speech at a dinner for business leaders and other dignitaries.

On Wednesday, the Chinese President is scheduled to visit the Microsoft headquarters and a Boeing plant, as well as a high school in the port city of Tacoma, some 50 km southwest of Seattle.

President Xi is expected to leave for Washington D.C. on Thursday, where he will receive a red-carpet welcome at the White House, hold talks with President Barack Obama and meet the press with the U.S. leader.

According to Cui Tiankai, Chinese ambassador to the U.S., Xi’s visit will not only concern the future development of bilateral relations, but also profoundly impact the international and regional situation.

Cui says it will inject new momentum in the building of a new type of major-country relations between China and the U.S.


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