Jinping addresses business leaders in Seattle, amid peaceful protests

Jinping addresses business leaders in Seattle, amid peaceful protests

By Margaret Whitehouse

President Xi Jinping has received a hostile reception in Seattle during his week long visit to the United States.

China’s President was greeted by 100 protestors when he landed in Washington’s capital to begin his visit. They were protesting the treatment of Falun Gong supporters in China.

He seemed unfazed by the protests, as he continue en route to a make a speech, where he said China would always continue trade with their foreign partners.

“China will never close its open door to the outside world,” he said as he address the room of business leaders for a banquet.

The economy will be a major talking point during these talks, as the Chinese economy continues to recover from last month’s “Black Monday.”

The event saw giant one day drops in the global stock markets after the Chinese Government devalued the yuan in a bid to save their economy.

The move saw one day drops in stock markets across the globe, and has lead to reluctance towards their economy.

President Xi also discussed the issue of cyber security, and said that China “will not in whatever form engage in commercial thefts or encourage or support such attempts by anyone.”

Other matters that both countries will also be discussing include climate change, ahead of the Paris Conference in December.

President Xi will attend talks with leaders in technology and business throughout the state, before attending a State Dinner in the White House with President Barack Obama.  He will then proceed to New York where he will address the 70th meeting of the United Nations General Assembly at beginning of next week.

This will be a busy time for the United States, who is also currently hosting a visit by Pope Francis. The Pontiff also arrived today, and will be visiting for six days.

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