MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) -- China's vice president is showing more of his personal side during his visit in Iowa.
Iowa residents who met with Xi Jinping (shee jeen ping) on Wednesday in the Mississippi River town of Muscatine said the likely future leader of China was friendly, warm and genuine. They were struck by how he shook everyone's hand and remembered specific details about the first time he visited Muscatine twenty-seven years ago on a diplomatic exchange.
The relaxed gathering in Iowa was a contrast to the more scripted approach Xi had while meeting with U.S. leaders in Washington earlier this week.
On Thursday, Xi will attend an agriculture conference and meet with a soybean farmer before heading to Los Angeles for the final leg of his U.S. trip.