The Vice President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping, delivered a major policy address on Sino-American relations at a luncheon co-hosted by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and the U.S.-China Business Council. Some 600 business leaders, policymakers, heads of cultural and civic organizations, current and former American government officials, and Chinese officials attended, along with a member of President Obama's Cabinet.
Vice President Jinping, who is widely expected to become China's president next year, spent Tuesday in Washington D.C., where he met with President Obama and Vice President Biden, attended a State Dept. luncheon, visited the Pentagon, and met with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. During the rest of his visit, the Chinese Vice President will also stop at Muscatine, Iowa, where he stayed in 1985 during a research project on American agricultural practices, and at Los Angeles, where he will attend the China-U.S. Economic and Trade Forum.