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Xi Jinping won't be meeting with strangers in Iowa

China apparently doesn't want any unknowns when the man presumed to be the country's next president visits the US.
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US Vice President Joe Biden (R) and Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (L) accompanied by their translators walk across the Dujiangyan Irrigation system in Dujiangyan outside Chengdu in China's southwest province of Sichuan on August 21, 2011. Biden said that the world's biggest economy has never defaulted on its debt and never would, during a visit aimed at boosting Chinese confidence in the US economy. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)

China apparently doesn't want to deal with any unknowns when the man presumed to be the country's next president visits the United States next week.

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Hong Kong's South China Morning Post is reporting that the advance team for Xi Jinping, who is expected to become the next president of China, have requested that while in Iowa, Xi meet only with people he saw there 27 years ago.

Xi went to Iowa in 1985 as an agricultural official, meeting with residents of Muscatine to talk about farming. He'll return to the city on Wednesday for an hour-long meeting with Muscatine residents — but wants to see only those he met in 1985.

One couple told the newspaper they would return to Iowa from their home in Florida to reunite with China's heir apparent.


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