Xi Jinping, expected future president of China, hails LA-China relations

Vice President Xi Jinping

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U.S. Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping.

China’s Vice President Xi Jinping spent his second day in Los Angeles visiting a school in South Gate and continuing discussions of trade between his country and the United States. The man expected to be the next president of China anticipates a vital role for the Southland in the future.

Los Angeles has attracted a lot of investment from Chinese businesses, Xi said, because his country regards this region as an economic gateway between the U.S. and China.

He said that in the future China will import more from the U.S. — and, therefore, from L.A.

"Los Angeles should and can play an even bigger role in the local cooperation and people-to-people exchanges between our two countries," said Xi Jinping, speaking through an interpreter at a luncheon with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Gov. Jerry Brown and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

He went on to declare that L.A. would "become the City of Angels in China-U.S. cooperation."

Earlier in the day, children at the International Studies Learning Center in South Gate performed a traditional dragon dance for Xi and Biden.

Vice President Xi said that before such a dance, someone must paint the eyes of the dragon to make it come alive. He called his meeting with the students the painting of the eyes on his visit to this country.

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