Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with U.S. billionaires in Seattle

September 24, 2015 1:18 AM

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If one of Chinese President Xi Jinping's main goals in visiting the United States was to project power for the folks back home, he'd be hard pressed to find a better event than his first public meeting here Wednesday.

There he was, at the head of a bright hotel ballroom facing down 30 powerful chief executives, talking about his country's economy in glowing terms, downplaying the difficulties China poses to American industry — things like cyberstalking, a volatile stock market, onerous regulations.

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