Nestled along the banks of the Mississippi river, Muscatine in the state of Iowa is a world away from China as they say, but it’s a special place for Chinese President Xi Jinping.

President Xi visited Muscatine in 1985 as part of an agricultural delegation. He stayed with a local family in a modest house. As Vice President, Xi returned in 2012 to meet some of his old friends.

CGTN’s Jim Spellman filed this report.

The little US town's special connection with China's President

The little US town's special connection with China's President

Nestled along the banks of the Mississippi River, Muscatine, Iowa is a world away from China. But it's a special place for Chinese President Xi Jinping. President Xi visited Muscatine in 1985 as part of an agricultural delegation. He stayed with a local family in this house. As Vice President, he returned in 2012 to meet some of his old friends. CCTV's Jim Spellman filed this report from Washington.
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  • At Muscatine City Hall, a painting of Xi Jinping hangs on the wall. The trophy case is full of testaments to the connections between Muscatine and China. A connection that began with Xi’s visit in the mid-1980s and continues today.
  • Muscatine is now sister city to Zhengding, and Chinese investment is helping revitalize the city’s downtown. Mayor DeWayne Hopkins has traveled to China twice and will attend a conference with Chinese leaders in October, but the most important thing is the personal connection.