Aug. 17 - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrives in China seeking stronger ties with the country's leadership, despite tensions over Washington debt. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden arrives in Beijing, on a trip aimed at forging closer ties with the Chinese leadership, despite festering tensions over debt. Though the visit is overshadowed by concerns over deficits and currency, Biden's top priority is to get to know China's next generation of leaders and to build a relationship with his counterpart, Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping, who is widely expected to become president in 2013. Biden is expected to seek to reassure China that its dollar assets are safe. As the largest foreign holder of U.S. debt, China wants sound management of Washington's fiscal problems, and berated Washington this month after its near-default on its debt. Biden's trip will be the first to China by a high-level U.S. official since the crisis. He will hold meetings with Xi and Premier Wen Jiabao and attend a meeting of U.S. and Chinese business leaders, as well as meeting with President Hu Jintao.