Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Vice President Joseph Biden hosted a lunch in honor of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. on February 14, 2012.
Secretary Clinton said, "Today, cooperation between the United States and China is imperative to address the many vexing challenges we face, from countering proliferation, to addressing climate change, to promoting global economic security. Now, developing the habits of cooperation is not easy. We have a lot of work to do. But we are both committed to building a lasting framework of trust that will support a cooperative partnership for the next 40 years and beyond."
Vice President Xi first came to the United States over 25 years ago on an exchange program to Iowa. During his visit to the United States this week, Vice President Xi will return to Iowa, where he will reconnect with old friends. Secretary Clinton said, "That visit illustrates how important the bonds between our people are. That's why we support programs like 100,000 Strong to send more American students to study in China, and many more people-to-people exchanges."
You can read Secretary Clinton's full remarks here, and learn more about the 100,000 Strong Initiative here. You can view Vice President Biden remarks at the lunch here as well as his remarks to U.S. and China CEOs here.
While in Washington, Chinese Vice President Xi also met with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and those remarks can be read here.