Biden greets Chinese VP for official visit

MATTHEW PENNINGTON Associated Press Published:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden has welcomed China's future leader to the White House, telling him the two powers should work together despite their differences.

Biden made his comments before talks with visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping on Tuesday.

Xi arrived in the United States Monday and later Tuesday will meet President Barack Obama in the Oval Office.

Biden said: "We are not always going to see eye-to-eye ... but we have very important economic and political concerns that warrant that we work together." A smiling Xi said he hoped his visit would strengthen bilateral relations.

Xi is slated to become China's Communist Party leader in the fall, and president in 2013.