US vice president reaches China on official visit

August 18th, 2011 - 3:36 am ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Aug 18 (IANS) US Vice President Joe Biden has arrived in Beijing on a six-day official visit to China.

Biden is making the visit at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, Xinhua reported.

Shortly after his arrival Wednesday evening, Biden attended a friendly men’s basketball game between China’s Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons and the US’ Georgetown University Hoyas held at a stadium inside the National Olympic Sports Centre.

During his visit, Biden will meet Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao. Vice President Xi Jinping will also hold talks with him and accompany him on a visit to southwestern Sichuan province.

Biden’s tour will be the first of the planned reciprocal visits between the vice presidents announced during Chinese President Hu Jintao’s state visit to the US in January, the White House said.

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