Chinese President Xi Jinping, in the United States with a big, tough agenda: cybersecurity, military ambition and the future of US-China relations.
The Pope is getting the red carpet treatment in Washington today. But right behind him comes the leader of a very worldly power: China. Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Seattle yesterday, made his first speech last night — made a joke about "Sleepless in Seattle." He is sitting down with American tech titans today, and will fly into Washington right behind Pope Francis. There is a big, tough slate of issues on the table for the US and China. Hacking, cyber security, territorial claims, US companies and China's economy. This hour, On Point: the US and China, face-to-face.
-- Tom Ashbrook
Susan Shirk, chair of the 21st Century China Program and professor emeritus of China and Pacific relations at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego.
August Cole, co-author, with Peter Singer, of "Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War." Senior fellow at the Brent Snowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council, where he is also director of the Art of Future War project. (@august_cole)
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The Wall Street Journal: With High School Visit, China’s Xi Jinping Aims to Woo U.S. — "In briefings on Mr. Xi’s visit this week, Chinese officials gave no details of his Tacoma visit, but Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in a speech on Wednesday that: 'A major highlight of President Xi’s visit to the U.S. will be his interactions with the American people.' The trip will also help to highlight China’s growing economic influence across the U.S., where states and cities increasingly compete for Chinese trade, investment, tourists and students, despite tensions at the national level."
New York Times: In Seattle, Xi Aims to Show That China’s Still Booming -- "It was easy for Xi Jinping’s handlers to choose Seattle as the first stop on his journey to America. Mr. Xi wants to demonstrate that China Inc. is still booming despite the slowdown. He probably figures he will get fewer questions in Seattle about his economic decisions, which are raising concerns in American boardrooms, than in the nation's capital, where he arrives on Thursday."
WIRED: Senator Sasse: The OPM Hack May Have Given China a Spy Recruiting Database — "China may now have the largest spy-recruiting database in history. Bottom line: If you have any family or friends who work for the government and put your name down on an SF-86, a foreign government might well know a lot more about you and your kids than you’d like."
This program aired on September 23, 2015.