Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives for his welcoming banquet on the start of his visit to the United States, at the Westin Hotel in Seattle, Washington Sept. 22, 2015. (AFP/MARK RALSTON)
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Chinese President Xi Jinping, facing a skeptical audience on the first day of a week-long U.S. visit, sought to reassure business and government officials on Tuesday over a long list of irritants, from economic reform to cyber attacks, human rights and commercial theft.Xi, delivering a keynote address to some 650 business executives and other guests in Seattle, touched on a litany of issues that have strained U.S.-China ties. About 100 people gathered in downtown Seattle earlier on Tuesday to protest against human rights abuses in China, the first of what could be a series of demonstrations against Xi's visit.Xi came under a barrage of criticism before his speech over China's treatment of U.S. businesses operating in his country.Responding to allegations that China has been behind cyber attacks affecting U.S. business and government databases, Xi reiterated that China, too, had often been a victim.White House officials said cyber spying will be a key part of discussions between Obama and Xi, but they did not expect the United States to level economic sanctions against China for cyber espionage ahead of Xi's arrival in Washington.Xi said China's economy was on course for fast growth and Beijing remained committed to financial reforms and an open economy.
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