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Xi Jinping will be first Chinese president in Davos

Staff Writer |
President Xi Jinping this month will become the first Chinese head of state to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos.

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The forum is expected to tackel issues of the rising public anger with globalization and the coming U.S. presidency of Donald Trump.

President Xi will take centre stage at the January 17-20 forum with China presenting itself as a champion of globalization.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Tuesday confirmed Xi's widely expected attendance at the annual gathering of global political leaders, CEOs and celebrities in the Swiss Alps.

The Chinese president will be in Switzerland from Jan. 15-18 for a state visit and to attend the Davos meeting, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a regular press briefing.

He will also visit the United Nations offices in Geneva, and the offices of the World Health Organization and the International Olympic Committee, Lu said.

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