Chinese Vice-President Xi Jingping Visits the US

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Then-Vice President of China Xi Jinping waves to Thai students during a visit to Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok on December 24, 2011.
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Chinese vice president Xi Jinping, the man expected to become China's top leader in the fall, is in Washington this week as part of a five-day trip to the U.S. The visit is expected to set the tone for bilateral relations over the next decade, particularly where economic ties are concerned. On Wednesday, he'll head to the city of Muscantine, Iowa, to reunite with a family he visited there in 1985 and to sign a trade agreement with soybean farmers there.

James Fallows  is a national correspondent for Atlantic Magazine, and has reported on China extensively. Kirk Leeds is CEO of the Iowa Soybean Association.