Xi Jinping has made it clear this week that he will be seeking out allies in U.S. tech companies, meeting with CEOs and executives from top-name companies including Microsoft and Apple this week as part of his first state visit. 

But there will be one notable absence among the U.S. tech titans: Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, will not be invited, according to sources who spoke to the Wall Street Journal. 

The meeting in Seattle, which marks the first stop on Xi Jinping’s tour, has highly political undertones. The Chinese government is currently under threat of possible sanctions from the U.S. for a series of high-profile hacking allegations. 

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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