Xi Jinping to Make First World Economic Forum Appearance in Davos

by swisscham in Bilateral Relations

Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos later this month, in what will be the first time a Chinese president takes part in the annual gathering of global leaders in the Swiss resort town, a source involved in arrangements said on 4 January. The 17-20 January meetingÕs theme is ÒResponsive and Responsible LeadershipÓ and discussions are expected to focus on issues such as the incoming US presidency of Mr. Donald Trump. Mr. Trump, whose inauguration will be on 20 January, is likely to miss the forum making Mr. XiÕs attendance the eventÕs highlight. Planning is underway for Mr. Xi to attend the Davos meeting during his visit to Switzerland in mid-January, the source said. The World Economic Forum secretariat is scheduled to announce next Tuesday the official list of participants and program for this yearÕs Davos forum. Among other world leaders, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte are considering attending the meeting, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande are expected to skip the event this year, according to Reuters news service.

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