At the entrance to a banquet hall at the Filoli Estate, a country house south of San Francisco, California, United States President Joe Biden was swiping his finger across the screen of his cell phone, apparently searching for something.

Biden, who just concluded a meeting with President Xi Jinping, was waiting for his Chinese counterpart before a banquet he prepared at the property, which was illuminated by twinkling lights and adorned with elegant decorations. As Xi approached, Biden showed his phone, drawing the Chinese leader’s attention to the screen.

“Do you know this young man?” Biden asked. “Yes, that was me 38 years ago,” Xi said with a smile. The image displayed on Biden’s cell phone was a photo of Xi, taken in 1985, when he was on his first trip to the United States. San Francisco was the first stop on Xi’s trip. Like any other visitor to the city, he took a photo with the Golden Gate Bridge.


At that time, Xi, in his early thirties, was a leader of Zhengding District in north China’s Hebei Province. “You haven’t changed a bit!” said Biden, eliciting a burst of joyful laughter.

Xi visited San Francisco between November 14 and 17 for a China-US summit and the 30th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting.


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