16 Aug '11, 2am

US Vice-President Biden heads to Beijing to meet his counterpart (and China's next leader) Xi Jinping:

US Vice-President Biden heads to Beijing to meet his counterpart (and China's next leader) Xi Jinping:

WASHINGTON: Vice President Joe Biden heads to China on Tuesday in hopes of winning favour with the rising power's next leader, seeking a smoother relationship after Beijing's sharp criticism of US fiscal policy. Biden will spend five days in China, an unusually long trip that comes at the invitation of Vice President Xi Jinping who is tipped to become China's leader next year and is little known by US policy circles. "Simply put, we're investing in the future of the US-China relationship," said Tony Blinken, the vice president's national security adviser. The number-two US leader will also visit close ally Japan, where he will visit an area hit by the March 11 mega-earthquake to encourage a quick recovery, and Mongolia, which has won US praise for its embrace of democracy. In China, Biden will meet President Hu Jintao in Beijing and travel the country alongside Xi. In the ...

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