Chinese President Xi Jinping visits the U.S.
This week, Chinese President Xi Jinping began his state visit to the United States, where he started his trip in Washington. Several highlights from President Xi’s visit to the west coast state included:
Visiting Microsoft’s Redmond campus and touring Boeing assembly lines
- CBI member Microsoft hosted President Xi and Madame Peng at its Redmond campus, where the company highlighted new technology and the role technology can play in advancing health, education, and business. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella welcomed President Xi at the company’s Executive Briefing Centre.
- During his visit, President Xi met with senior executives and board members, watched technology demos, and reviewed innovative new devices. He also met briefly with the CEOs of technology companies who attended a meeting of the U.S.-China Internet Industry Forum, held at Microsoft’s Redmond campus. Microsoft has had a presence in China for more than 20 years. Please read more here.
- CBI member Boeing welcomed President Xi to its widebody commercial airplane factory and announced several agreements that will broaden and deepen mutually beneficial cooperation between Boeing and China.
- The agreements included orders and commitments for 300 Boeing narrowbody and widebody aircraft and expanded collaboration between Boeing and China’s commercial aviation industry. President Xi, accompanied by Boeing executives, viewed final assembly lines for the 787 Dreamliner, 777, and 747-8, as well as aircraft components made by Chinese aviation suppliers.
- The president also spoke with Boeing employees and the 787 chief pilot about their work on airplanes built for Chinese carriers. Please read more here.
Visiting Lincoln High School in Tacoma
- President Xi and Madame Peng visited Lincoln High School in Tacoma. President Xi first visited the school back in 1993 when he was a Party official in Fujian province and helped to sign a sister-city pact between Tacoma and Fuzhou, Fujian’s provincial capital.
Promoting US-China governmental cooperation at the local level
- In Seattle, President Xi attended the third U.S.-China Governors Forum, which included the U.S. state governors from Washington, California, Michigan, Iowa, and Oregon and their Chinese counterparts from Sichuan, Beijing, Chongqing, Zhejiang, Shandong, and Shaanxi.
- They agreed to cooperate to give a boost to businesses that generate renewable and clean energy. At present, 43 pairs of Chinese provinces and U.S. states and 200 pairs of cities have established sister city relationships.
President Xi is currently in Washington, D.C. and will later travel to New York.