Aug. 19 - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on a state trip to China meets Premier Wen Jiabao and President Hu Jintao. Biden commits to build closer ties between the two global heavyweights. Lily Grimes reports.
Another handshake, another photo opportunity. As U.S. Vice President Joe Biden continues his state visit to China he meets Premier Wen Jiabao to discuss bilateral relations. During their talks Wen endorsed the resilience of the debt-ridden U.S. economy, of which China is the biggest foreign creditor. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE PREMIER, WEN JIABAO, SAYING: "Although the United States is undergoing some economic hardship, I believe that the United States is able to overcome its difficulties and return to a robust track of development. The prosperity and stability of the United States is favourable for the whole world." State media said Beijing wants Biden's assurance that China's dollar assets remain safe, despite the recent credit rating downgrade. Biden then met President Hu Jintao. His five-day visit is expected to focus on building relations with the next generation of Chinese leadership, and reducing distrust between the world's largest economies. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED STATES VICE PRESIDENT, JOE BIDEN, SAYING: "To get straight to the point, Mr President, President Obama asked me to come to Beijing to meet with you and others, to reaffirm absolute total commitment to a strong and enduring, positive relationship with China." After China the vice president will visit Mongolia and Japan. Lily Grimes, Reuters