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From a White House pool report filed by the New York Times's Mark Landler, who on Wednesday covered Vice President Joe Biden's meeting in China with his Chinese counterpart Li Yuanchao:

VP Biden was received by Vice President Li Yuanchao at the Great Hall of the People with full ruffles and flourishes.

As a military honor guard stood rigidly at attention, VPOTUS entered a vast chamber, striding over to Li to shake hands. Biden greeted the members of Li's delegation, and then introduced him to his own aides. ...

Li recounted that Biden had told him, on walking in, that the first time he had been in the room, it was 1979 and he was there with a delegation of Senators to meet Deng Xiaoping. He has made four visits to China in all. ...

Biden said he had the privilege of establishing a personal dialogue with President Xi.

"What impressed me then and impresses me now is that I believe he is committed, as you are, to managing our differences candidly and constructively," he said.

Biden concluded by noting one change since 1979: he was seated in the most distant chair as the junior member of the delegation. "So I've made progress," he said. "I'm in this chair."

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