Xi Jinping Invites American Tourists To Bolster China’s Struggling Economy

Chinese President Xi Jinping extended an invitation to American tourists during a U.S.-China. Tourism Leadership Summit in Xi’an — an event last held in 2019 before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic — welcoming them to visit China and experience its culture, as the country grapples with a slumping economy.

“We warmly welcome American tourists to travel to China, meet Chinese friends, experience Chinese culture, visit beautiful landscapes, and experience the real China,” Xi said in his message to the summit.

The Chinese economy has been reeling from the effects of strict lockdowns, a loss of foreign investment, and a struggling real estate market. Xi’s call for American visitors is seen as an attempt to attract foreign cash and revitalize the nation’s tourism sector.

U.S. President Joe Biden also reportedly sent a letter to the summit, inviting Chinese nationals to discover American cities and engage with its people. Grant Harris, assistant secretary for industry and analysis at the U.S. Department of Commerce, predicted a 150% increase in Chinese visitation to the U.S. from 2023 to 2025.

The U.S. State Department currently has a travel warning in place for China, cautioning Americans about the risk of random detention without access to consular services or information about alleged crimes.