Media Alert: President Hu and Chinese Delegation Invited to Visit Microsoft

Editors’ note, Sept. 3, 2005
—President Hu Jintao’s visit to Washington state has been postponed.

REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 2, 2005 — Microsoft Corp. looks forward to welcoming President Hu Jintao and a delegation of government officials from China to Microsoft’s Redmond, Wash., campus on Monday.* Microsoft has invited President Hu to campus to discuss the relationship of Microsoft and China and how the company and the government can work together to foster innovation that will benefit the U.S., China and people throughout the world.  

If the president accepts Microsoft’s invitation, the company will make the arrival of the president and his delegation to campus open to attendance from all preregistered and credentialed media. There will be a photo opportunity of the president and Bill Gates in the lobby of Microsoft’s Executive Briefing Center. There will not be any opportunity for questions.

Due to space limitations, one aspect of the campus visit will be closed to members of the press, but coverage will be available through a pool arrangement as noted below.

  • Who: President Hu and Bill Gates

  • What: Chinese delegation invited to visit to Microsoft campus

  • Where: Microsoft campus, Executive Briefing Center, building #33, Redmond, Wash.

  • When:
    Tentative:Monday, Sept. 5, 2005

Members of the media with equipment need to arrive and be set up before 3:30 p.m. Recommended arrival is 2:30 p.m.

Members of the media without equipment need to arrive at 4 p.m. for credentialing and will be able to enter the building at 4:30 p.m.

Credentials

Members of the media must be preregistered and receive credentials to cover the event. To preregister, media representatives must contact the Trade Alliance to be included on the official media list. Contact Sam Kaplan, samk@seattlechamber.com. Credentials for this event may be picked up on Microsoft’s campus before the event.

Per additional media advisories, credentials for other events must be picked up at those respective venues.

President Hu’s Arrival at Microsoft Campus:

Monday, Sept. 5, Governor Christine Gregoire to introduce President Hu to Bill Gates.

Open to all preregistered media, no pool necessary.

KOMO TV will provide pool video (and audio for radio) coverage, Reuters will provide pool still photography, and the Associated Press will provide pool reportage of one specific part of the visit conducted in a smaller space, the Microsoft® Home of the Future. Your contacts for this are the following:

TV video/radio audio pool:

Ange Dyer
Assignment Editor
KOMO 4 News
(206) 404-4145
adyer@komotv.com

Still photography pool:

Anthony Bolante
Photographer
Reuters
cell (206) 920-9757
bolantepix@eartlink.net

Pool reporter:

Allison Linn
Reporter
AP
Will distribute notes over the wire

Governor’s Dinner at the Gates’ Residence

The governor’s dinner at the Gates’ residence Monday evening will not be open to the media; however, a pool has been set up to provide coverage of that event. KING-TV will provide pool video (and audio for radio), the Associated Press will provide pool still photography and Reuters will provide pool reportage. Your contacts for this are the following:

TV video/radio audio pool:

Denise Guerrero
Assignment editor
King5 News
(206) 448-3850
dguerrero@king5.com

Still photography pool:

Ted Warren
Photographer
AP
(206) 769-3484
twarren@ap.org

Pool reporter:

Reed Stevenson
Reporter
Reuters Seattle
(206) 683-8274

* The schedule above is tentative and has not yet been confirmed by the Chinese government. The information is provided for planning purposes only.

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