[PHOTO OF JOE BIDEN TOASTING XI JINPING]
NYT: A Light Lunch With the Vice President
Sept 25 2015
Just as in 2012, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. introduced Mr. Xi. Mr. Biden insisted relations between China and the United States were in good shape, and the disputes between the countries should not be overstated. After all, he said: â€œWe have differences with our allies.â€
Then Mr. Biden could not resist a joke involving Iowa as the first state in the presidential election cycle, a place to build political support.
Mr. Xi has traveled to Muscatine, Iowa, twice, Mr. Biden said. First as a young Communist Party official and then in 2012 as vice president.
Mr. Xi had invited Mr. Biden to join him on the 2012 trip. And in retrospect, he should have gone, Mr. Biden said. â€œHe went and became president and I am still vice president.â€
The Chinese leader, a master of Communist Party politics, appeared to understand the American variety. And in response, he smiled.