- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 16, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - Washington state will be the first stop for Chinese President Xi Jinping during a visit to the United States next week.

Gov. Jay Inslee said Wednesday he invited Xi to Washington state in recognition of the area’s strong economic, academic and cultural ties to China.

Xi will be in Seattle from Sept. 22 to 24. He and his delegation are scheduled to visit locations throughout the Seattle area, including Everett’s Paine Field, Microsoft’s main Redmond campus and Lincoln High School in Tacoma.

After his Washington state visit, the Chinese president will travel to Washington, D.C., for talks with President Barack Obama.

Former Washington governors Gary Locke and Chris Gregoire will head up a 30-person welcoming committee for the Chinese delegation that includes several high-profile leaders from the Boeing Co., Microsoft, Starbucks, the University of Washington, Alaska Airlines, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others.

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