China’s president Xi Jinping concluded his seven-day visit to the United States bearing a message that his nation would play a more responsible role in the global arena in the areas of trade and economic cooperation, world politics, and social stability.
Xi arrived in Seattle on September 22 for his first stop in the United States and the next day visited the headquarters of Microsoft and Boeing, which announced that it acquired an order to manufacture 300 airplanes for Chinese carriers, according to the Chinese language World Journal. In Seattle, the Chinese president participated in a meeting with five U.S. governors, including California governor Jerry Brown during which an agreement was reached for both countries to develop renewable and clean energy and reduce carbon emissions.
Xi traveled to Washington D.C. on the 24th to meet with U.S. president Barack Obama at the White House and in a post-meeting press conference announced that China will cooperate with the United States in investigating alleged cyber thefts on U.S. agencies and corporations that have been blamed on China. U.S. media had speculated weeks before Xi’s planned arrival that the U.S. government would impose sanctions on Chinese individuals and corporations which the U.S. claimed to have hacked into the computer networks of American federal agencies and corporations stealing personal data.
The Chinese government holds the position that it does not knowingly conduct cyber espionage on the U.S. and that China itself has been the target of cyber attacks.
After attending a state dinner at the White House, Xi proceeded to New York and spoke at a series of summits marking the seventieth anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. During the speech, Xi pledged 2 billion dollars to establish an aid fund for developing countries as well as debt forgiveness for state-to-state loans made by China to the most underdeveloped nations up until 2015.
Analysts said that China’s aid to developing nations demonstrates that the country is finally taking on responsibility as an emerging superpower.
Xi also attended a gender equality summit at the United Nations as chairman and promised to protect women’s rights, build a harmonious and tolerant society, promote synchronized development of women and society, and create an international environment beneficial to the development of women’s rights.