Canadians hopeful on Xi’s visit to US
In the hopes of bringing more progress to the building of the new model of major-country relationship between China and the United States, President Xi Jingping began his first official visit to the US on Tuesday.
The week-long visit kicked off with Xi meeting leaders from the business and technology sectors in Seattle, Washington.
Three Canadian experts from educational, political and business circles shared their views with China Daily on the significance of Xi’s visit to the US.
Yves Tiberghien, the director of Institute for Asian Research and an associate professor of political science at the University of British Columbia, said: “This is a truly important visit, by far the most important bilateral summit of the year and possibly of several years. The US-China relation is now the anchor of global economic and security affairs. No progress in global governance can take place without a healthy bilateral relationship.”
The US-China Business Roundtable in Seattle gathered top CEOs from both US and Chinese companies including Amazon, Apple, General Motors, Lenovo, Microsoft, Alibaba, Wanxiang Group, Tencent, Bank of China, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, and more to discuss issues of concern and explore ways to strengthen the economic relationship between the two countries.
With tensions over cybersecurity and market volatility in the air, the roundtable was expected to be the best opportunity for both sides to develop win-win solutions for future cooperation.
“This is a clever event, given the tense cyber security situation,” said Tiberghien. “If the Internet company leaders from both sides of the Pacific manage to share common ideas and cooperate on the future of the Internet, it will have a very positive impact on Xi’s visit and on USChina relations. Internet businesses represent the frontier industry of the future.”
Bill McNulty, city councillor of Richmond, British Columbia, agreed and expressed hopes that the open dialogue on different issues would benefit not only the US, but also Canada.
“Seattle is neighbor to Vancouver. We have so many things in common. I hope the investment in Seattle will lead to a next trend of investment in Vancouver,” said McNulty.
“The US is in negotiations with Canada for a Trans-Pacific Partnership, which will affect China,” he said. Xi’s visit will change the game plan for Canada as well. The most important thing between China and Canada is trade and economic development. As Canadians, we do not want to lose any of them.”
President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Dennis Muilenburg, president and CEO of the Boeing Company, after Xi’s tour of the Boeing assembly line in Everett, Washington, on Wednesday.