Xi set to visit Davos WEF summit
CHINESE President Xi Jinping will pay a state visit to Switzerland from January 15 to 18, at the invitation of the Federal Council of Switzerland, a foreign ministry spokesperson announced yesterday in Beijing.
During the visit, Xi will attend the 47th World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting on January 17, at the invitation of WEF founder and executive chairman Klaus Schwab.
Xi will become the first Chinese head of state to attend the WEF in Davos.
This year’s forum in the Swiss Alps is expected to be dominated by debate over public anger with globalisation and the coming presidency of Donald Trump, who won the White House in part with promises to pull the US out of international trade deals and hike tariffs against China and Mexico.
Xi will also visit the UN offices in Geneva, and the offices of the World Health Organisation and the International Olympic Committee, the foreign ministry said. Other global leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, will not attend.