Cana­di­ans hope­ful on Xi’s visit to US

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By JUSTINE HUANG in Van­cou­ver For China Daily

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.”

MARK RAL­STON / REUTERS

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.

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