1. DIPLOMACY

    Biden Lectures Chinese VP

    Vice President Joe Biden meets with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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    Leave it to Vice President Biden to give a straight-talking toast to China's vice president, and likely future leader, Xi Jinping. “As Americans, we welcome competition,” Biden said during a State Department lunch. “But cooperation, as you and I have spoken about, can only be mutually beneficial if the game is fair.” Biden went on to lecture Xi on China's artificially depressed currency, jailed Chinese dissidents, and opposition to a U.N. resolution on Syria. President Obama made similar points during his meeting with Xi, though more diplomatically. Further complicating Xi's visit to the U.S., several rights advocates say a top State Department envoy on religious freedom was blocked from entering the country shortly before Xi's visit. Today Xi meets with Congress.

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