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Lt. Gov. Reynolds and Gov. Branstad Welcomed Vice President Xi Jinping to Iowa last Wednesday.
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping visited Iowa on February 15th and 16th as part of his tour of the United States. His trip began with meetings in Washington D.C. on Tuesday and moved to Iowa on Wednesday and Thursday before continuing on to California for the remainder of his time in the States.
Vice President Xi began his visit in Muscatine for a reunion with the individuals he met during his 1985 visit to Iowa when he was a Hebei Province party official and director of the Feed Association of Shijiazhuang Prefecture. From there, Vice President Xi and his delegation flew to Des Moines where a welcome dinner was held at the Iowa Capitol.
On Thursday Vice President Xi, Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds attended the first ever agricultural symposium between the United States and China sponsored by the USDA at the World Food Prize Building where both Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds spoke.
After the Symposium, the Governor and Lt. Governor accompanied Vice President Xi on a farm visit of the Kimberly Farm in Maxwell, IA owned by Rick and Martha Kimberly.
Lt. Gov. Reynolds feels very fortunate to have had the opportunity to host Vice President Xi and believes they accomplished their goal to make him and his delegation feel at home here in Iowa.
“We want to highlight the best of what Iowa has to offer while the vice president is in our state,” Lt. Gov. Reynolds said. “We are working with state officials and business leaders to ensure economic development is the top priority during Vice President Xi’s visit.”
Lt. Gov. Reynolds has made two different trips to China and plans to return with the Iowa Soybean Association in March where she hopes to have the opportunity to meet with Vice President XI again.
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