- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - The latest developments in Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the United States. All times local:

6:40 p.m.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is pledging to work with the United States on a host of issues, from international business agreements to combatting cybercrime.

Xi delivered a policy speech Tuesday evening in Seattle, the first stop on his official visit to the United States. He discussed the poverty he saw in rural villages in his country as a younger man and how China’s rapid economic expansion had lifted millions out of poverty.

He said China would continue its policy of aggressive development to help more people “live a better life.”

He said China was a staunch defender of cyber security, but it had also been a victim of hacking.

Acknowledging that China and the United States don’t always see eye to eye on issues, Xi said China is ready to set up a joint effort with the United States to fight cyber crimes.

The issue of cyber attacks is a sensitive one between the two nations. American officials say hacking attacks originating from China are approaching epidemic levels, including the theft of millions of U.S. federal personnel records that American lawmakers have said was engineered by Beijing.

As Xi spoke on Tuesday evening, protesters gathered near the downtown hotel he was staying at, objecting to things like the country’s policies in Tibet and other issues.

Xi, who arrived in Seattle on Tuesday, will visit Boeing and Microsoft as part of his stay before heading out Thursday for a state dinner in Washington, D.C., on Friday.


3:20 p.m.

Governors from five U.S. states met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and six other Chinese leaders to talk about ways to work together on clean energy technology.

The officials signed an agreement Tuesday to cooperate on boosting businesses that create renewable and clean energy.

The U.S. and Chinese officials touted their local efforts at reducing carbon emissions, including promoting solar and other renewables, low-carbon transportation standards, energy efficiencies and research into clean technologies.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says that by working together, the two countries can lower carbon emissions and grow their economies.

The governors stressed the strength of the relationships between cities and local governments.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says governors and other local officials “can be the core for our national leaders to learn from.”

The other U.S. governors at the meeting with Xi were Jay Inslee of Washington, Jerry Brown of California and Terry Branstad of Iowa.


2:12 p.m.

Chinese President Xi Jinping will dine on cuisine from the Pacific Northwest during a banquet in his honor in Seattle.

The menu says Tuesday evening’s meal includes “Duo of Pan seared Double R Ranch Washington Beef & NW Steelhead.” The wines, a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Chardonnay, come from Washington state winery Chauteau Ste. Michelle.

Guests at the dinner will include former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, Penny Pritzker, President Barack Obama’s commerce secretary, as well as the governors of Washington state, Michigan, California and Iowa.

Xi was to deliver a policy speech following the meal.


10:55 a.m.

Hundreds of protesters are banging drums, crashing cymbals and holding banners in Chinese and English in downtown Seattle as Chinese President Xi Jinping visits the city as part of a trip to the U.S.

Many protesters who turned out Tuesday are affiliated with the religious group Falun Gong, which says it is persecuted in China.

Sabrina Chang of San Francisco said the demonstrators want to let Xi know the issue is about compassion and tolerance.

Some protesters are carrying signs that read, “Stop Forced Live Organ Harvesting.”

Last year, the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee endorsed a resolution calling on China to immediately end what it calls state-sanctioned harvesting of human organs from prisoners.

At the time, China said the panel was making false and irresponsible accusations.


9:41 a.m.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Washington state to begin his first official visit to the U.S.

Xi’s plane, an Air China Boeing 747, landed Tuesday at Paine Field in Everett about 30 miles north of Seattle.

He was greeted by a group that included Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, former Washington governor and U.S. ambassador to China Gary Locke and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.

Xi will spend his first day in the U.S. in a Seattle hotel, where talks between five U.S. governors and six of their Chinese counterparts will take place over issues that include improving energy efficiency in buildings, modernizing electrical grids and commercializing renewable energy.

He was also to deliver a policy speech Tuesday evening.

Xi on Wednesday is set to tour Boeing’s large airplane production plant in Everett and travel to Microsoft’s headquarters.

He leaves the Seattle area on Thursday for a White House state dinner on Friday.


8:17 a.m.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is kicking off his U.S. trip with a visit to the Seattle area, and commuters are warned to expect gridlock.

Xi is scheduled to arrive in Washington state on Tuesday morning. Transportation officials are urging people to avoid driving to downtown Seattle, where dozens of government and business leaders will convene Tuesday and Wednesday.

Xi’s itinerary Wednesday will take him throughout the metro area: Boeing’s campus in Everett, north of Seattle, to Microsoft east of the city and to a high school in Tacoma in the southern Puget Sound.

Authorities say his police-escorted motorcade will mean traffic slowdowns.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has said the city is honored to host President Xi but asked residents “be patient, re-evaluate their commute plans, add in extra travel time, and monitor traffic alerts.”

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