Xi set to visit Davos WEF sum­mit

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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.

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