As U.S. readies cybertheft sanctions against China, President Xi to meet with heads of tech firms
Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet with 15 CEOs from U.S. technology companies.PHOTO: JASON LEE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the U.S. starts Tuesday with meetings with tech executives in Seattle rather than government officials in Washington, but politics will still be front and center.
Mr. Xi’s goal, according to a number experts on U.S. and China relations, will be to cajole American tech chief executives into helping him persuade the Obama administration not to retaliate against China for years of alleged hacking and theft of intellectual property, which the Chinese government has repeatedly denied.
Google Inc. CEO Sundar Pichai wasn’t invited, a person familiar with the situation said. Given how much symbols matter in public diplomacy, this is perhaps telling, since in 2010 Google very publicly pulled out of China rather than accede to censorship requirements, and for about the past year has been trying to stealthily get back in.
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United." Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."