Amid tensions over hacking allegations ahead of Xi Jinping’s first state visit to the U.S., Beijing is now reportedly organizing a tech conference in Seattle on September 23rd to show off its tech prowess.

According to the New York Times, who cited unnamed sources, some of the biggest names in Chinese and American tech are expected to attend, including Alibaba’s Jack ma, Apple’s Tim Cook and Robin Li from Baidu. Representatives from Uber, Google, IBM and Facebook have also been invited to the forum which is co-hosted by Microsoft.

The meeting will be headed by China’s ‘Internet Czar’, Lu Wei, who is responsible for deciding the extent of restrictions on foreign tech companies. It is worth noting that a number of the invited companies are currently struggling to have such restrictions lifted.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com