The White House has officially announced that it is preparing to welcome PRC president Xi Jinping for an official state visit on September 25. His wife, Peng Liyuan, will also be attending dinner at the White House.
Going against suggestions made by Republican presidential candidates Scott Walker and Donald Trump, it appears that the Chinese leader will not be taken to a woodshed and fed double-sized Big Macs, but will instead will enjoy a full state dinner inside the White House (maybe with some delicious baozi on the menu if he’s really lucky).
Back in 2014, when Barack Obama visited Beijing, the two presidents mainly discussed combating the Islamic State, stopping the spread of Ebola and fighting to curb climate change. They met again for dinner at the APEC Summit later that year and even did some bonding by planting trees together with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. However, with a rather eventful year in US-China relations so far in 2015, there are a whole new range of discussions to be held between these two best buddies.
On the recent list of disagreements we have Chinese nationals charged with economic espionage, China’s militarization and island building in the South China Sea that threatens US interests and allies, a whole range of Chinese copycat industries including a fake Goldman Sachs, Chinese war ships sailing up to the Bering Sea, menacing cyber attacks and much much more.
Xi’s visit was first announced all the way back in February. He is expected to first stop by Seattle to meet with several US tech leaders. After leaving Washington D.C. he will head to New York City for the U.N. General Assembly on September 28.
With the state visit still a ways away, much of the conversation online seems to be focusing on what kind of fashion statements China’s first couple will make:
Then-prez Jiang Zemin wearing a 3-cornered hat during visit, Oct 1997. If Xi Jinping dons one like it, I’ll eat mine. pic.twitter.com/TM88oqbWp3
— Evan Osnos (@eosnos) September 15, 2015
— Chris Buckley 储百亮 (@ChuBailiang) September 16, 2015
by Daniel Cunningham