SAN FRANCISCO -- Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Everett, Washington, Tuesday morning for his first official state visit to the United States. Xi's weeklong trip kicks off with a policy speech to be delivered in Seattle, where he is expected to address a variety of topics ranging from cybersecurity to U.S.-Sino trade relations.
The speech will be the only one Xi will deliver during his stay in the United States and will be streamed live online. Users can tune in at 8:30 p.m. EDT and view the speech in English here or in Chinese here. There will be 800 U.S. and Chinese business and government leaders at the event, including U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, who will also deliver remarks on behalf of the U.S. at the event.
Those watching will be hoping to hear where Xi stands on a variety of controversial topics looming over U.S.-China relations. This will include cybersecurity since the U.S. often blames China for hacking into government agencies for cyberespionage and hacking into American businesses to give their own companies competitive advantages. Other topics to be addressed include climate change, China's tech industry, and the South China Sea, a key commercial trade route where China has been busy building artificial islands for military facilities.
Following Tuesday night's dinner, Xi will spend the bulk of Wednesday in Seattle and Washington state meeting with a variety of tech companies and leaders, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Xi will conclude his stay in Washington on Wednesday night at a dinner to be hosted in the private home of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. The next day, Xi will head to Washington, D.C., for a dinner with President Barack Obama and other U.S. government leaders.
On the eve of Xi's visit, he gave an exclusive interview to the Wall Street Journal, notable because Xi rarely speaks with foreign media, and this was his first interview since China's stock markets experienced a meltdown in June, CNN/Money reported.