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August 16, 2011

Biden takes off for Asia

Vice President Joe Biden took off Tuesday on a trip to China, Mongolia and Japan, his first to East Asia as vice president.


In China, he'll spend 4 days visiting Beijing, Chengdu and Dujiangyan City. Top on the agenda, visiting with Vice President Xi and developing relationships with the next generation of China's leaders.

In Mongolia, he'll spend a day visiting the capital of Ulaanbaatar, where he may be greeted with a demonstration of Mongolian sports including archery, horse racing and wrestling. "We're looking forward to that," said one aide.

Biden will be the first vice president to visit Mongolia since Henry Wallace in 1944.

Wrapping up with a two-day visit to Japan, Biden will go to Sendai, where U.S. forces helped reopen the airport after the earthquake this year.

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