Vice President Joe Biden has departed for Beijing, China, the first stop on a nine-day trip to China, Mongolia, and Japan. In each country, Biden will meet with key leaders to discuss the full range of bilateral, regional, and international issues.
Biden is visiting China at the invitation of Vice President Xi Jinping — the first of the planned reciprocal visits between the vice presidents announced by President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao during his state visit to Washington earlier this year. While in Beijing, Biden will meet with Vice President Xi and other Chinese leaders, including President Hu and Premier Wen Jiabao.
Biden will also visit the city of Chengdu, in China’s Southwest. In Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, he will underscore the United States’ support for Mongolia’s two decades of democratic development and growing economic ties. In Japan, the Biden will express U.S. support for its close ally in the wake of the recent earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear emergency.
At the conclusion of his visit to Asia, Biden will stop in Kaneohe, Hawaii, where he will deliver remarks at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay.
Katherine Cheng, who is a Seattleite, a former aide for Gov. Gary Locke, a Wing Luke board member, and businesswoman with an event planning and public relations company, was one of the team members to plan Biden’s trip in China. ♦