Microsoft hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping, First Lady Peng Liyuan and a high-level Chinese delegation Wednesday at its Redmond campus. Top tech company CEOs like Apple’s Tim Cook, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Alibaba’s Jack Ma, and 23 other executives gathered for the conclusion of the eighth annual U.S.-China Internet Industry Forum.
During his visit to Microsoft, Xi met with senior executives and board members, watched technology demos and reviewed innovative new devices. Xi met briefly with CEOs of technology companies who attended a meeting of the U.S.-China Internet Industry Forum earlier in the day. He also met privately with Bill and Melinda Gates.
Xi’s visit was part of a stop in Washington state, at the invitation of Gov. Jay Inslee, given the state’s economic, cultural and academic ties to China. Washington is the biggest exporter to China among U.S. states, with exports totaling $20.7 billion last year.
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