BEIJING--Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, widely seen as China's next president, has won high acclaim from senior U.S. officials, who described him knowledgeable and strategically minded after his meeting with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.
Washington put priority on Biden's six-day visit to China from Aug. 17 because it is the first time senior Obama administration officials have had extended access to Xi.
Senior officials accompanying Biden told reporters that Xi aggressively responded to Biden on a wide range of issues without relying on prepared texts during their first meeting on Aug. 18.
An official recalled that Xi had spoken with clarity and demonstrated a good grasp of strategy, adding that he was brimming with confidence when he consulted with his colleagues.
Another official said Xi placed particular emphasis on U.S.-China relations.
Biden said he was impressed because Xi was familiar with policy issues when he met with President Hu Jintao on Aug. 19.
He held a second meeting with Xi on Aug. 21.
Biden was to arrive in Japan on Aug. 22 after a visit to Mongolia. He is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Naoto Kan and give a speech at Sendai Airport on Aug. 23 during a quick tour of the quake-stricken Tohoku region.
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