China's president talks about a shared vision of secure and open cyberspace as he tours Microsoft's headquarters in Seattle. Paul Chapman reports.
Chinese President Xi Jinping tours Microsoft's headquarters in Seattle. His visit comes at a delicate time for U.S-China relations. Before he arrived in the U.S. officials said Washington was considering sanctions against Chinese and Russian firms and individuals for cyber attacks on U.S commercial targets. Speaking to industry leaders at Microsoft HQ on Wednesday Xi spoke of a shared vision of an open and secure internet. (SOUNDBITE)(Mandarin) CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING SAYING: "A secure and prosperous cyberspace is of great significance for peace and development of not only one country but for the whole world. Therefore, to study how to govern the internet and make good use of the internet has become an issue of interest to all countries and is studied by all countries. No-one can stay isolated from this course." A visti to Boeing's Everett factory the same day was greeted by protests despite the announcement of a Chinese order for planes worth about $38 billion. Workers from the machinists' union fear the aircraft maker's plans for a 737 finishing plant in China will cost jobs in the U.S. (SOUNDBITE)(English) JACOB GLOSS, PROTESTER, SAYING: "The idea that China can have these unfair labour practices that entice American corporations to send out jobs overseas is something abhorrent." The protesters included pro-Tibetan groups opposed to China's fight against separatism, and a handful supporting the Falun Gong religious group which says it's oppressed in China.