Prof. Susan Whiting quoted in USA Today: China President Xi's U.S. tour: First Microsoft, then politics

Chinese President Xi Jinping's first stop on his United States tour isn't the White House — it's Seattle, where he will meet with U.S. technology companies eager to expand in China but concerned about Beijing increasing its already tight grip on electronic communication.

Xi and a host of tech leaders from both nations are expected to attend the U.S-China Internet Industry Forum on Microsoft's campus in Redmond, Wash. on Wednesday.

This is Xi's first official state visit to the United States since he became China's president in 2013.It comes at a challenging time for the two nations, with technology and cybersecurity high on the list of concerns.

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