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Xi Jinping Begins U.S. Visit

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People's Daily, Sept. 23, 2015

"Xi Jinping begins U.S. visit" reads the front page of Chinese state-run People's DailyWednesday, together with a picture Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan waving upon their arrival in Seattle on Tuesday.

The Chinese president's seven-day visit, aimed at strengthening diplomatic and commercial ties with the U.S., comes amid bad news for the Chinese economy, with the manufacturing index falling to a six-year-low this week.

In a speech Tuesday night at a dinner with U.S. business leaders, Xi strove to reassure China's commercial partners, as he pledged to push ahead with economic reforms without resorting to competitive currency devaluation.

He also vowed to work with the United States in the fight against cybercrime, insisting that the Chinese government would never "engage in commercial theft or encourage or support such attempts by anyone," CNN reports.

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