Bill Bishop and Bonnie Glaser
CSIS, Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative
- Chinese president Xi Jinping landed in Seattle on September 22 for a weeklong trip to the United States that included his first state visit to Washington and an address to the United Nations in New York. In a joint press conference with President Barack Obama following a meeting at the White House, the Chinese leader raised eyebrows by insisting that Beijing does not intend to militarize the features it has artificially built up in the South China Sea. The two presidents also made announcements on cybersecurity and climate change cooperation, along with finalizing annexes to two military agreements.