Xi Jinping is set to visit the White House on September 25, but of course he will be getting up to much more during his time in the US. We’ve got the lowdown.
The Seattle Times reports that Xi will arrive in Seattle and attend a banquet during the evening at the Westin Hotel in the downtown area of the city. Here he is expected to give a policy speech at a gathering attended by dignitaries including the former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
Xi will attend a roundtable hosted by the Paulson Institute, comprised of 15 US CEOs and 15 Chinese CEOs. Later he will reportedly visit Boeing’s headquarters and tour its Everett factory. That evening the Wall Street Journal claims that he is set to have dinner with Bill Gates at his private home.
Xi will meet with members of the Chinese community on the West Coast at a private gathering. He will then visit Lincoln High School in Tacoma alongside his wife Peng Liyuan. The city of Tacoma is twinned with Fuzhou, capital of Fujian province where Xi spent much of his early career. Later that day, Xi will make the trip to Washington DC.
The highlight of the trip. Obama will host Xi at the White House. A joint press conference will be held in the Rose Garden. With any luck he will be offered more than a Big Mac at the state dinner.
Xi will travel to New York.
South China Morning Post says that Xi will attend the 70th United Nations General Assembly and give his debut speech.
By Dominic Jackson