Gifts, popsicles and mass: Chinese villagers recall Biden's 2001 visit

Beijing (AFP) – Nearly two decades ago, the residents of a small Chinese village near Beijing were visited by a foreigner who is soon to become America’s most powerful man: Joe Biden.In August 2001, now President-elect Biden was chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee when he made an official visit to China and stopped at the village of Yanzikou, talking with villagers and buying ice creams for the children.Tang Shaojun, then aged 21, was at home caring for her two-month-old son when the foreign officials came knocking — a rare sight at the time in rural China.”I think they chose t…

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