China’s future top leader started week-long visit to US

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, who is considered the future top leader in the People’s Republic, has started his visit to the United States. Xi landed at Andrews Air Force Base near the capital city of Washington as a U.S. government official announced. On Tuesday, Xi’ll meet with U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

Further stages of the journey which lasted through Friday are the state of Iowa, where Xi had been in the 1980s as part of an exchange program, as well as the west coast city of Los Angeles. In a written interview with the Washington Post Xi said the Pacific Ocean provides “enough space” for both nations.

The Central Committee of Communist Party of China is currently preparing the upcoming change in leadership until 2013. Next year, the second five year term of President Hu Jintao as party leader ends. It is generally expected to nominate Xi as the head of the Communist Party in the autumn. In March 2013 he will also succeed Hu to be the head of state.

Between the old superpower US and the emerging giant China, there are some friction points. The U.S. and China are arguing over the yuan’s value. Moreover, while Washington eyeing China’s skeptical Navy improvement, Beijing rejects the planned expansion of U.S. military presence in the Asia-Pacific region. The People’s Republic warned Washington, against the interference in disputes with Vietnam, Philippines over territories in the resource-rich South China Sea.