Chinese vice president Xi Jinping departs for America trip

China's vice president Xi Jinping arrived in Washington on Monday afternoon, beginning a four-day trip to America, said the Wall Street Journal. His visit begins in Washington and is meant to take him to the Midwest, as well as California.

Xi, the presumed future leader of the Chinese Communist Party, is expected to ascend to the country's highest office this autumn, the Associated Press reported. He is scheduled to meet with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and other top US administration officials on Tuesday.

The visit is something of a homecoming for Mr. Xi, who visited Iowa in 1985 to study swine raising techniques. While in Iowa he is expected to announce a Chinese purchase of soybeans in Des Moines. His trip will finish with business meetings in California.

“I am convinced that, with the backing of the 1.6 billion Chinese and American people, our relationship will bring greater peace, prosperity and development to the world," Xi said in comments to the Washington Post.

The paper submitted questions to Xi and received written responses, which are published on their website. In the remarks, Xi highlighted ways in which the US and China have grown closer and also touched on issues that have caused "friction" in bilateral relations

"What has happened over the past 40 years tells us that a sound and stable China-U.S. relationship is crucial for both countries and for peace, stability and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region and the world at large." He continued, "We also hope that the United States will fully respect and accommodate the major interest and legitimate concerns of Asia-Pacific countries."

Noting that US consumers had saved over $600 billion by using Chinese products, Xi wrote: "China and the United States have become highly interdependent economically. Such economic relations would not enjoy sustained, rapid growth if they were not based on mutual benefit or if they failed to deliver great benefits to the United States."

Xi promised that China would continue to make efforts to address US trade concerns such as the Renminbi-US Dollar exchange rate, and the protection of intellectual property. Xi also carefully chided the US military buildup in the Pacific region, and said, "At a time when people long for peace, stability and development, to deliberately give prominence to the military security agenda, scale up military deployment and strengthen military alliances is not really what most countries in the region hope to see."

He continued: "The vast Pacific Ocean has ample space for China and the United States."

The future leader also highlighted China's newfound diplomatic prominence by highlighting the role Beijing has played in defusing the financial crisis, addressing climate change, and encouraging denuclearization in North Korea and the Middle East. Acknowledging the delicacy of diplomacy at a time of economic distress, Xi wrote, "Under such new circumstances, it is all the more important for China and the United States to communicate, coordinate and cooperate more closely and work together to play a constructive and responsible role in upholding and advancing world peace, stability and development."

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