November 27, 2021

Xi Jinping’s US visit: itinerary, issues and delegation

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xi-obamaBy Nectar Gan and Cedric Sam From South China Morning Post

The itinerary

Details of Xi Jinping’s trip are emerging slowly through the media

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What will they talk about?
The world’s two largest economies have a lot on their plate

Economy China’s faltering economy is expected to receive unprecedented attention during Xi’s trip, which is heavily focused on commerce and trade. Xi’s main mission should be to reassure investors that China’s economy is stable and open for business, observers say.
Market access Beijing and Washington are hammering out a treaty that would give Chinese and US firms more access to each other’s markets. The two nations have exchanged revised offers for a bilateral investment treaty (BIT).
Cyber-security The issue of cyber-espionage will no doubt be addressed, Obama said recently. The issue rose to the fore in the wake of a major attack this summer on the US Office of Personnel Management, which saw hackers make off with the personal information of over four million current and former federal workers.
ItinarySouth China Sea New satellite imagery released by a US think tank last week indicates China is building a third runway in the Spratly Islands, facilities it needs to break the US grip in the South China Sea if tensions escalate, analysts say.
Taiwan The presidential election in Taiwan will be held on January 16, 2016, and the independence-leaning DPP is widely expected to win it. President Xi Jinping will raise the issue in his talks with President Barack Obama, China’s government said on Wednesday. Read more
Human Rights In a nationwide campaign that began in July, at least 286 lawyers, law firm staff, human rights activists and their family members have been detained, arrested, or barred from leaving the country, the China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group has said.
Climate Change The crucial UN Climate Change Conference is set to begin in Paris on November 30, 2015. According to European Commission research, China is by far the largest carbon dioxide emitter in the world, pumping out almost twice as much as the United States in 2013.
Anti-corruption drive President Xi Jinping has launched a sweeping campaign against graft since assuming power in late 2012, but has been hampered by difficulties in getting corrupt officials and assets back from overseas. Read more »

Who will join Xi Jinping in visit?

Tung Chee-hwa
Former Hong Kong chief executive 1997-2003
78-year old Tung played an important role in behind-the-scenes talks between China and the US. Not considered an “official member” of his entourage, Tung will only attend one or two events, a source told the South China Morning Post on September 11.

Lu Wei
China’s Internet tsar
As the director of China’s internet regulator the State Internet Information Office, Lu Wei oversees China’s internet policies and cybersecurity. He will attend the US-China Internet Industry Forum in Seattle.

Wang Huning
Director of the Central Policy Research Office of the CPC Central Committee; Politburo member
The former academic Wang, 59, has headed the think tank for senior leaders for 13 years. He has been a top policy adviser and speechwriter to three successive presidents: Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao and now Xi Jinping. As a key architect of China’s domestic and foreign policy over the past decade, Wang has accompanied the three presidents on almost every domestic and foreign trip.

Li Zhanshu
Director of the General Office of the CPC Central Committee; Politburo member
The 65-year-old is a close confidant of Xi’s. He serves as Xi’s chief of staff, monitoring the operation of the decision-making circle.

Yang Jiechi
State Councilor
Yang, 65, is a lifelong professional diplomat. He was China’s foreign minister from 2007 to 2013, before joining the State Council to serve as one of the most prominent architects of China’s foreign policy. He was the Chinese Ambassador to the US from 2001 to 2005.

Participants in the Third US-China Governors’ Forum

On the first day of his trip, Chinese president Xi will meet Washington state officials at the Westin Seattle Hotel, where six Chinese governors will meet five US governors to discuss collaborating on clean technologies and economic development in the Third US-China Governors’ Forum.

Chinese governors
Wang Dongming Sichuan party chief
Wang Anshun Beijing mayor
Huang Qifan Chongqing mayor
Li Qiang Zhejiang governor
Guo Shuqing Shandong governor
Lou Qinjian Shaanxi governor
American governors
Jay Inslee Governor of Washington
Jerry Brown Governor of California
Rick Snyder Governor of Michigan
Terry Branstad Governor of Iowa
Kate Brown Governor of Oregon

15 Chinese executives to participate in the dialogue hosted by Paulson Institute

The Paulson Institute, founded by former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, a man known for his role as a Sino-US mediator, will be hosting an event on September 23 between 15 executives from each country.

Jack Ma Alibaba INTERNET

Ma Huateng Tencent INTERNET

Robin Li Baidu INTERNET

Yang Yuanqing Lenovo ELECTRONICS

Liang Haishan Haier ELECTRONICS

Lu Guanqiu Wanxiang Qianchao AUTOMOTIVE

Wan Long Shuanghui Group FOOD

Pan Gang Yili Group FOOD

Tian Guoli Bank of China BANKING

Jiang Jianqing ICBC BANKING




Wang Jinshu Yuhuang Chemical HEAVY INDUSTRY

On the American side, the 15 executives will be: Mary Barra (General Motors), Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Warren Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway), John Chambers (Cisco), Tim Cook (Apple), Dave Cote (Honeywell), Bob Iger (Disney), Ellen Kullman (DuPont), Andrew Liveris (Dow Chemical), Satya Nadella (Microsoft), Indra Nooyi (PepsiCo), Dennis Muilenburg (Boeing), Tom Pritzker (Hyatt), Howard Schultz (Starbucks)

IMAGE: Xi Jinping is on his first state visit to the United States this week. The
Chinese president is in Seattle on Tuesday. He will then go to Washington to
meet President Obama, before concluding his trip in New York a week later.
Xi Jinping and Barack Obama. Photos: Xinhua

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