U.S. Seeks to Size Up China’s Heir Apparent Xi During Visit

As reported by China’s vice president, Xi Jinping, began a day of high-level meetings here on Tuesday by greeting his host, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who will squire him through a cross-country tour of the United States that amounts to a get-to-know-you exercise for the man widely seen as the next leader of China.

In a day of heavily scripted encounters, Mr. Xi met President Obama in the Oval Office, lunched with Mr. Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham at the State Department, will be saluted by an honor guard at the Pentagon, talk to captains of industry at the Chamber of Commerce and join Mr. Biden and his wife, Jill, for a dinner at the vice president’s residence at the Naval Observatory.

In public comments after Mr. Obama and Mr. Xi met, President Obama said, “We welcome China’s peaceful rise” but cautioned that in trade policy, the United States wanted to make sure, “everybody is working by the same rules of the road when it comes to the world economic system.”

Mr. Xi, sitting next to Mr. Obama, did not mention economic or security issues, noting only that he was in Washington “to do some work to move forward the China-U.S. relationship along in the right direction.”

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