Big tech – Pacific Rim connections

China's President Xi Jinping

The president of China, Xi Jinping, is about to visit the United States for the very first time later this month.  He will be meeting with President Obama but, obviously, decided to make the most of his time in the US. He already had a scheduled meeting with Bill Gates. Now, he’s has organized a meeting in Seattle for the 23rd of September, hosted by Microsoft, inviting American executives from Apple, Google, IBM, Facebook and Uber. Microsoft has labeled the even the U.S.- China Internet Industry Forum.

China Internet Czar


Chinese attendees of the event are said to be China’s Internet czar, Lu Wei, in addition to Robin Li of Baidu, Jack Ma of Alibaba and  Chinese digital security expert, Zuo Xiaodong, the vice president of the China Information Security Research Institute. Allegedly, Tim Cook plans to attend, but the “people familiar with the plan” were not at liberty to say who else would be present.

China's Robin Li

According to the report from the New York Times, President Obama is none to happy about it. Our Commander-in-Chief is said to see the meeting as Mr. Xi “veering off the agreed to script” of the Chinese president’s visit. And, at the same time, undercutting Obama’s stern line where China is concerned.


It’s hard to blame business men from any tech-related company for wanting this type of meeting, due to the vast marketing and sales opportunities in China today. Mr. Zou said, “The meeting is mostly to discuss the industry cooperation of the two countries, and big companies from China and the U.S., like Google, will all be there.” Discussions will include how the global Internet is managed.

China's Jack Ma

It only makes sense for these types of conferences to happen, considering the global economy we live in. If productive business between America and China is to continue to evolve, the ongoing division between the US and China needs to be worked out in a way that is mutually beneficial to all involved. Politics aside, this is the real world we live in and someone needs to take steps to resolve our differences.


Source: The New York Times 

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