US vice-president kicks off China visit
Updated: 2011-08-17 20:00
US Vice-President Joe Biden (L), waves with his granddaughter Naomi Biden, as they walk out from Air Force Two upon arrival at the airport in Beijing August 17, 2011.[Photo/Agencies]
Biden is making the visit at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.
Shortly after his arrival, Biden attended a friendly men's basketball game between China's Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons and the United States' Georgetown University Hoyas held in a stadium inside the National Olympic Sports Center.
During his visit, Biden will meet with Chinese President Hu Jintao, top legislator Wu Bangguo and Premier Wen Jiabao. Vice-President Xi Jinping will hold talks with him and accompany him on a visit to southwestern China's Sichuan Province.
Biden's tour of China will be the first of the planned reciprocal visits between the vice-presidents announced during Chinese President Hu Jintao's state visit to the United States in January, the White House said earlier.
Leaders of China and the United States will consult on a broad range of bilateral, regional and global issues.