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Vice-President Xi greets old Iowan friends

By Wu Jiao (China Daily)

08:32, June 04, 2012

Vice-President Xi Jinping received an American delegation led by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse on Sunday. Feng Yongbin / China Daily

People-to-people exchanges pave way for business, trade, leader says

With the same excitement she experienced three months ago, 74-year-old Sarah Lande from Iowa, chose to wear a bright pink coat when meeting her old friend, Vice-President Xi Jinping.

In a group reunion on Sunday in Beijing, Sarah Lande, on her fifth visit to China, told Xi that "we can set an example for our countries of how friendship opens a door for business and trade. Then our friendship can shape our countries in the future".

The friendship Lande spoke of was sealed when Xi first visited Iowa as an official from Iowa's Chinese sister state Hebei almost three decades ago.

Leading a delegation of four other local officials on a trip primarily focused on learning agricultural techniques, Xi and his colleagues spent two weeks there, visiting farms, feed suppliers and grain processing and food biotechnology companies as part of an exchange that began with Iowans going to Hebei in 1984.

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