West Wing Week 09/02/11 or "Dispatches: Asia"

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♪♪ (Traditional Asian Music) ♪♪
Narrator: Welcome to the West Wing Week!
This week we are broadcasting "Dispatches" from travel with
Vice President Joe Biden through China, Mongolia and Japan.
In between meeting with world leaders and speaking with
locals, the Vice President took in the sights,
sounds and culture of the Far East.
Join the Vice President as he opens new channels of
communication with China; gets to know Mongolian leaders and
culture at a traditional Naadam Festival;
and visits Japanese communities recovering from the March
earthquake and tsunami; before speaking to U.S.
troops in Tokoyo and Hawaii.
That's August 18th through the 25th or "West Wing Week
Dispatches: Asia!"
We begin our journey in the bustling Chinese capital of
Beijing where the Vice President started and ended his first full
day of the trip at the Great Hall of the People.
Upon arrival, Vice President Biden's host and Chinese
counterpart, Vice President Xi, greeted him with an elaborate
welcome ceremony in the North Hall.
The Vice Presidents and their delegations then gathered for
formal meetings where Vice President Biden reiterated
the economic importance of a strong U.S.-China relationship.
But it was the Vice President's visit to a local lunch spot that
had China talking!
(Drum and Tower neighborhood in Old Beijing)
The Vice President shared pork buns, noodles,
and cucumbers with American Ambassador to China, Gary Locke,
and his wife Mona, as well as daughter-in-law Kathleen and
granddaughter Naomi who traveled with them through Asia and who
he introduced to the other diners.
Vice President Biden: This is my granddaughter. Sunnuer, in Chinese.
Narrator: That evening it was back to the Great Hall of the People for a
banquet dinner in the Vice President's honor
that showcased the deep musical traditions of China.
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Friday, August 19th began in a familiar setting for the Vice
President, the Beijing Hotel which was the sight of meetings
he held during his first trip to China as a Senator in 1979.
Now as Vice President, he was back cohosting a meeting of
American and Chinese business leaders with Vice President Xi.
Interpreter: The U.S. economy is highly resilient and has a strong
capacity for self repairment.
We believe that the U.S. economy will achieve even
better development as it rises to challenges.
Vice President Biden: We welcome, President Obama and I, we welcome,
encourage and see nothing but positive benefits flowing from
direct investment in the United States from Chinese businesses
and Chinese entities.
It means jobs.
It means American jobs.
Narrator: Next was a meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao at the
Purple Light Pavilion in the Chinese Leadership Compound.
Vice President Biden: Premier, thank you, very much, for your hospitality.
What a magnificent place.
Narrator: After their meeting, Premier Wen offered the Vice President
an impromptu tour of the pavilion built long ago by
emperors and now part of the central headquarters for China's
political leadership.
Never wanting to make a President wait too long,
the Vice President then traveled back to the Great Hall of the
People to meet with Chinese President Hu Jintao in the
ornate Fujian Room.
On Saturday, August 20th, it was time to leave Beijing.
But first the Vice President made a stop at the American
Embassy to thank the staff and their families for serving the
United States mission abroad.
Then at the invitation of Vice President Xi,
the Vice President boarded Air Force 2 to fly to the
rapidly-developing City of Chengdu in Southwestern China,
our second stop on the trip.
On Sunday, the Vice President kicked off his day in Chengdu
with an address on U.S.-China relations at Sichuan University
speaking on a range of issues facing the two largest economies
in the world.
Vice President Biden: A more prosperous China will mean more demand for
American-made goods and services and more jobs back home in the
United States of America.
To state it bluntly, we have a stake in one another's success.
Narrator: The Vice President then met with the Governor of Sichuan Province
before taking a road trip to the nearby City of Dujiangyan to
tour the reconstruction efforts since a devastating earthquake
struck the region in 2008.
There the two Vice Presidents tour a local high school that
had been rebuilt since the quake which featured a basketball
court that had been built with a donation from the NBA.
Vice President Biden: Mr. Vice President, this is going to take all day!
Narrator: The two Vice Presidents then dropped in on an English
language class to talk with students.
Vice President Biden: What I see is great, great, great progress.
And that's the reason why the Vice President and I are
spending so much time talking to one another.
We both believe that our progress has to continue.
We have a mutual interest.
Narrator: Next was a Chinese tea ceremony with Vice President Xi at a
traditional tea house.
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From a nearby bridge, the Vice President checked out the
Dujiangyan irrigation system, a marvel of engineering built over
2000 years ago to prevent flooding in the region.
Vice President Biden then thanked his counterpart for
such wonderful hospitality and bid farewell to China.
On Monday, August 22nd, Air Force 2 touched down at Chinggis
Khaan International Airport in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia,
where a full welcome ceremony was underway and the Prime
Minister was waiting to greet Vice President Biden.
This visit was an important stop for the Vice President.
It had been more than six decades since a sitting American
Vice President visited Mongolia and 22 years since the Mongolian
people embraced democracy.
Prime Minister Batbold: (as translated) Mr. Vice President, there is
proverb saying that an old friend is the best friend.
Therefore, the visit of the U.S. Vice President to Mongolia after
67 years is certainly an old friend visit for us.
I welcome again and wish you a pleasant stay in Mongolia.
Narrator: The Vice President later met the President of Mongolia in a
ceremonial Ger, an ancient and traditional Mongolian dwelling
still used today throughout the country.
Vice President Biden: And do you play the instrument?
President Elbegdorj: Yes, I play. Yeah, all handmade.
Vice President Biden: It really is. It's truly magnificent!
President Elbegdorj: The design is very ancient, you know.
Narrator: After the morning of official business came the ultimate
Mongolian cultural experience, a traditional Naadam Festival on
the outskirts of Ulaanbaatar where the Vice President met
back up with Prime Minister Batbold.
There was horseracing, throat singing, nonthroat singing,
food, traditional Mongolian wrestling, dancing and archery,
which the Vice President tried his hand at.
Vice President Biden: Wow!
Narrator: The Vice President awarded medals to the winners of the
day's sporting competitions.
And was invited to name a horse before he left;
a Mongolian honor of the highest order.
Vice President Biden: I'd like to name. Can we name him Celtic?
Bystander: Celtic?
Vice President Biden: Celtic in honor of my Irish heritage.
Bystander: Oh. Good. Very good.
Narrator: Bidding goodbye to Mongolia, the Vice President then took
off for Japan.
Tuesday, August 23rd, the Vice President started in Tokyo
traveling first to Kantei, the residence of the Japanese Prime
Minister, where the two leaders met and had a working lunch.
The Vice President then flew north to the City of Sendai,
one of the areas hardest hit by the tsunami last March.
Shortly after landing, the Vice President spoke on the second
floor of the Sendai Airport where hundreds of residents
from nearby neighborhoods fled to escape the tsunami's path.
He expressed sympathy, admiration, and continued
support from the U.S. as Japan continues to recover
and rebuild.
Vice President Biden: The American people are also proud and honored by the way
they have been able to assist.
They're proud to continue doing whatever you would like us to do
as you rebuild.
And that's because of a simple proposition:
It's not because of government-to-government or
military-to-military relations; it's because of the genuine
affection the American people have for the Japanese people.
Narrator: After paying his respects at a memorial site where the town of
Natori once stood, the Vice President took a short ride
to a temporary housing facility that hundreds
of Natori residents now call home.
He met many of the displaced families currently living there.
And a Pomeranian named Melon, who survived the disaster for
a week in a parked car before being rescued and returned to
her owner.
Vice President Biden: We will stay as long as necessary to help you.
(foreign language)
Narrator: On Wednesday, August 24th, the Vice President visited
U.S. service members and their families at Yakota Airbase to
thank them for their quick and decisive efforts to help the
Japanese people in the wake of the disaster.
Vice President Biden: Whatever we need done we turn to you.
We turn to you like they did here in Japan.
Thank you for what you have done for the people of Japan in their
time of need and I'm honored to be here today.
And I look forward to meeting as many of you that are willing to
stick around.
Narrator: That evening, the Vice President left for Hawaii where he arrived
on the morning of the same day he left having crossed the
International Date Line making this the longest Wednesday in
West Wing Week history!
That evening, the Vice President visited the
USS ARIZONA Memorial at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the attack
on Pearl Harbor.
Administrator Robert Willard: It was early in the morning on a Sunday morning,
many of the crew were asleep; some of the crew were on watch;
but 1177 men were killed in the few --
Vice President Biden: On their way out it sunk?
Administrator Robert Willard: -- no, many of them because there was no way out.
The ship went down so quickly.
We had other ships, the OKLAHOMA that I mentioned earlier,
capsized and took 500 or so men with her.
But ARIZONA had an unusually large crew complement that as a
consequence of the ship's destruction so quickly,
were all lost.
Narrator: On Thursday, August 25th, the Vice President made the last
stop of his trip addressing U.S. troops at Kaneohe Bay
Marine Corps Air Facility on the east side of Oahu.
Vice President Biden: Hello, seamen!
So I mean this from the bottom of my heart,
on behalf of a grateful nation, let me once again say thank you.
Thank you and your spouses for everything you have done and
what you continue to do to keep this country safe.
I'm honored as Vice President of the United States to be able to
stand before you, whether it's a thousand of you in a hangar or
six of you in a FOB, I'm honored.
Narrator: To find out more information on any of these topics or to
see complete videos of these events, go to WhiteHouse.gov.
And thanks again for checking out your West Wing Week!
(high-pitched bleats from the camel)
Vice President Biden: I know! I got it! I got it!
He's talking to me!
Vice President Xi: Okay, you can keep this.
Vice President Biden: I got my own camel here.
Okay, ready to go!