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Xi to swing by Seattle for tech talk

GUANGZHOU, China -- President Xi Jinping plans to participate in a Seattle technology forum next week before visiting Washington, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

     Xi is expected to speak at the event Wednesday, the second day of his state visit to the U.S. The roundtable will include 30 leaders of major companies, 15 each from China and the U.S.

     Chinese participants will include Jack Ma, founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group; Ma Huateng, CEO of Internet portal operator Tencent; and Robin Li, CEO of search engine giant Baidu.

     U.S. panelists will include Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, General Motors CEO Mary Barra and famed investor Warren Buffett.

     The event comes on the heels of Chinese cyberattacks against American companies. President Barack Obama has expressed the readiness of the U.S. to impose economic sanctions if Beijing does not immediately halt the hacking. He is expected to convey the American position to Xi at a bilateral summit Sept. 25.

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