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Chinese VP meets with old friends in U.S.

2012-02-16 09:51:30 GMT2012-02-16 17:51:30(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (Front, C) and his old friends pose for group photos in Muscatine, a small city in Iowa, the United States, Feb. 15, 2012. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (3rd R, front) joined dozens of ordinary Americans for tea at a local house owned by his old friend Sarah Lande (3rd, L) in Muscatine, a small city in Iowa, the United States, Feb. 15, 2012.(Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (L) presents the granddaughter of his old friend Sarah Lande with a panda doll in Muscatine, a small city in Iowa, the United States, Feb. 15, 2012.(Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (C) speaks as he joined dozens of ordinary Americans for tea at a local house owned by his old friend Sarah Lande in Muscatine, a small city in Iowa, the United States, Feb. 15, 2012.(Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

Iowa Mayor Dwayne Hopkins (R) presents Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (C) with a key to the city in Muscatine, a small city in Iowa, the United States, Feb. 15, 2012(Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (2nd R, front) talks with Tom Dvorchak (1st L), who was his landlord during his 1985 visit to Iowa, in Muscatine, a small city in Iowa, the United States, Feb. 15, 2012.(Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

 Xi joined dozens of ordinary Americans for tea at a local house owned by his old friend Sarah Lande here Wednesday.

Most of the participants at the tea reception were Xi's old acquaintances back from his 1985 visit, when Xi, then a local official from China's northern province of Hebei, visited Iowa as a member of an agricultural exchange delegation, and stayed with a local family in Muscatine to better understand Iowan farm life.

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