In the keynote speech in the Pacific coast commercial hub of Seattle on the first day of a state visit, Xi insisted that Beijing does not seek conflict despite stressed relations in a number of areas.
"We want to see more understanding and trust and less estrangement and suspicion," he said. "Should they enter into conflict and confrontation, it would lead to disaster for both countries and the world at large," Xi added.
Ahead of talks with the Obama administration later this week, Xi sought to assuage an audience of mostly businessmen and US state officials that China was a positive force in the global economy and was pushing forward with reforms based on rule of law and market principles.
He promised to treat US investors in China fairly and to fight against commercial cyber theft, a growing complaint against China by American businesses.


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