The February visit of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping to the United States gave Americans a positive impression of China’s next leader and bodes well for a more open and productive relationship between our two countries.
I had the opportunity to meet and talk with Vice President Xi in both Washingt on, D.C. and Los Angeles. He impressed me as being a down-to-earth Chinese leader with whom we can have a genuine exchange of views.
At a luncheon co-hosted by the Committee of 100 in Washington, Vice President Xi emphasized the importance of people-to-people ties in building mutual trust and recalled his first trip to the U.S. 27 years ago when he was hosted by a farm family.
On this trip, he took a break from meetings with American government and business leaders to renew these friendships in the small town of Muscatine, Iowa. Vice President Xi also affirmed to me that he welcomed the next Committee of 100 delegation to China, which is planned for late 2012 or early 2013.