DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The vice president of China is spending a good deal of his U.S. trip in Iowa, a state better known for hosting American presidential candidates than major heads of state. So why is this rural place playing such a major role his historic tour of the United States?
The answer lies in the way Xi Jinping (shee jeen ping) likes to do business — by building personal relationships — and in Iowa's rich agricultural industry, which is closely tied to China's.
Xi will visit the small farming town of Muscatine on Wednesday and spend time in Des Moines attending a state dinner. He also plans to launch the first U.S.-China Agriculture Symposium, and he's set aside time to tour a farm.