China's Xi harvests 'heartland diplomacy'
Ties between China and the US may have received an unexpected boost in Muscatine, Iowa.
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2012 19:40

On the second leg of his tour of the US, Xi Jingping, China's vice-president and presumptive next leader, revealed some surprising ties to the state of Iowa.

This was  Xi's second visit to the state. His first was 27 years ago, when he was part of a Chinese delegation studying farm technology.

It is now hoped that Xi's "heartland diplomacy" will translate into warmer Sino-US ties.
Al Jazeera's John Hendren reports from Muscatine, Iowa.

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