- Associated Press - Saturday, December 12, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - The city of Seattle spent nearly $1 million on a three-day visit from Chinese President Xi Jinping in September.

The Seattle Times reports (https://goo.gl/P9AfGG ) most of the costs came in overtime pay to police, fire and transportation employees.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says the red-carpet treatment was worth the costs due to strengthened business ties between Seattle and China.

The Times obtained a document through a public-disclosure request that shows Seattle’s police department spent $701,340 to protect Xi and his delegation of over 1,000 people and to manage traffic during Xi’s tour of businesses and a high school in the Puget Sound area.

The document also shows the transportation department spent $197,356 and the fire department spent $28,165.



City officials say Seattle received no reimbursements from the federal government for its expenses.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, https://www.seattletimes.com

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