Leaders Visit China Despite Tensions – Others to Follow
The surprise visit to China of the 100-year-old former US Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, has surprised many. Leaning on a cane, he had flown across half the planet to visit Chinese President Xi Jinping who gave him a warm welcome.
According to BBC News, Xi said, “We will never forget our old friends, and will not forget your historical contributions to develop US-China relations and friendship between the two peoples.”
Kissinger played a crucial role in helping China emerge from diplomatic isolation in the 1970s. The US has stressed he is visiting as a private citizen. His surprise trip to the Chinese capital comes amid a flurry of visits by top US officials and business people.
Who else has visited?
A parade of chief executives has also made trips to China On June 16, 2023, President Xi personally commended Bill Gates for his long-standing commitment to promoting global poverty reduction, health, development and philanthropy.
Xi told Gates he was the first American friend he has met in Beijing this year. Xi added that people are the foundation of China-US relations, and “we count on the American people, and hope for lasting friendship between the two peoples”.
In his visit to China, Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla and owner of Twitter, described the American and Chinese economies as “conjoined twins” and said he opposed efforts to split them. Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, traveled to China in March and lauded the company’s “symbiotic” relationship with the nation.
Sam Altman, the leader of OpenAI, which makes the ChatGPT chatbot, appeared virtually at a conference in Beijing this month, saying American and Chinese researchers should continue to work together to counter the risks of artificial intelligence.
John Kerry, the US climate envoy, is in Beijing to meet Chinese officials to discuss how the two countries can cooperate in confronting the climate crisis. US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, completed a long-awaited trip in June. There is cautious optimism on both sides that the restarting of official dialogues can build a foundation for improved ties.
Hundreds from Around the World to Visit in October
Comexposium RT Media, the organiser of the RemaxWorld expo featuring hundreds of printer and supplies exhibits, has already received hundreds of preregistrations from scores of international locations.
The show will reopen for the first time since the pandemic on October 12 for three days in Zhuhai.
Visitors are saying they also need to visit factories to meet their current suppliers as well as new ones.
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