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Highlights: Xi Jinping's Seattle welcome reception

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

09-30-2015 14:23 BJT

By Li Fu, professor of Portland State University of America

Editor's picks: Chinese President Xi Jinping has completed his first state visit to the United States, as well as summit meetings at the United Nations. During his stay,he met many overseas Chinese.


Soon after attending the 70th anniversary of the celebration of the victory of Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War in Beijing, a number of overseas Chinese were invited to Seattle to welcome President Xi.

An invitation letter said no photographic equipment would be permitted for safety reasons and even cell phones were forbidden. Nevertheless, a few Chinese overseas representatives risked getting expelled by trying to sneak in their smart phones. The welcome event hosted a photo session and reception.

Photo session

The photo session was divided into five batches, due to a large crowd in attendance. When Xi entered the hall, the first group waited in line, and Xi shook  hands with them.

When the last batch finished taking photos, other leaders faced the photographer, but only Xi turned his smiling face at the entrance. Others took out their phones to record the moment. Additionally, Madame Peng Liyuan (Xi’s wife)  extended warm greetings to them.


Afterwards, overseas members went to the banquet hall. The decorations looked gorgeous and simple. Only fruits, cakes and tea were served on the table, but without delicacies, wine or soda water.

When President Xi and his wife stepped into the hall, a huge applause resounded. The lovely couple sat in a sofa with two leaders from the overseas Chinese group. Xi started his speech saying, "When townee see townee, tears form their eyes", which appealed to the audience. Madame Peng sat down with a quiet dignity. 

Along with the fruits and dessert, a box of one piece of mooncake was given to each person. Xi brought the gifts from Beijing, which were too precious for some to eat. After the short reception, overseas Chinese members were reluctant to leave and felt excited to take more photos. 


"Peaceful development and win-win cooperation" was an important message delivered by President Xi during his US trip. Sino-US ties can play a significant role in maintaining global peace and prosperity.

As a representative of the educational circle, I was invited to attend the reception. In his first speech delivered in Seattle on the previous day, Xi said, "Sino-US ties roots in people and pins hopes on the youth. China and the US have agreed to exchange 50,000 students between the two countries in the next three years."

As a tenured professor at a university for over twenty five years, I felt encouraged by Xi's speech and pledged to devote himself to provide better services to international students in efforts to achieve world peace and a bright future.


( The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Panview or CCTV.com. )



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