Xi Jinping was 32 years old when he first visited the United States in 1985, leading an agricultural delegation to the town of Muscatine, in Iowa.
The future President of China stayed with a local family in an unassuming home at 2911 Bonnie Drive in the little town. The house is now owned by two Chinese businessmen, Glad Cheng and Daniel Wang.
CGTN’s Jim Spellman filed this report.
- The walls chronicle Xi’s visit and his return to Muscatine in 2012. Some of the furniture from 1985 still remains.
- Wang hopes the so-called ‘Friendship House’ will present new opportunities to bridge the divide that sometimes exists between people in China and the U.S., drawing on President Xi’s special connection with Iowa.