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China's Xi pens letter to Starbucks' former American chairman to promote trade

[서울=아시아뉴스통신] 레악카나기자 송고시간 2021-01-15 03:00

China's President Xi Jinping has asked former Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz to help promote trade between Washington and Beijing. (Photo by= AFP/Loic Venance)

[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] China's President Xi Jinping has asked former Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz to help promote trade between Washington and Beijing in a rare missive to a foreign business figure, state media reported on Thursday (Jan 14).

Xi, responding to an earlier message from Schultz, urged the multi-billionaire to "continue to play an active role in promoting China-US economic and trade cooperation", the official Xinhua news agency said. China will "provide a broader space for companies from all over the world, including Starbucks and other American companies, to develop in China", Xi wrote in his letter. It wasn't immediately clear why the letter was published by state media, but it comes as relations between the superpowers have reached a nadir with bitter disputes over trade, tech, security, and rights.

Starbucks, a ubiquitous sight in major Chinese cities, says it has opened over 4,700 coffee shops across the country since 1999. Schultz, who stepped down as chairman of the chain in 2018 but retains an honorary title at the company, had previously congratulated Xi on China's transition into "moderately prosperous society", Xinhua said. Additionally, Xi and Schultz previously met at a formal reception in Seattle during the Chinese leader's state visit to the US in 2015.



 

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