In Aug. 2011, VP Biden spoke at Sechuan University in Chengdu, China. His subject was U.S.-China relations. It's well worth reading.…
The speech gives strong indications that Pres. Biden will approach our relationship with China constructively. The foreign relations savvy shown in this speech is one reason why we're fortunate to have elected Biden.
Near the end, in answer to a Q about the role of public speaking, Biden speaks w/ striking honesty about overcoming a severe stutter. It's a more detailed account of his struggle than I've seen. To have given it to a foreign audience shows real self-confidence and humanity.
This speech was sent to me today by someone in China. We can be sure that it has been studied intensively at all levels of the Chinese govt., as the possibility of a Biden presidency arose. In the version sent to me, the most optimistic, constructive passages were highlighted.
They're hoping that the Biden they get is the Biden of this speech. I think it will be. And what a difference that will be.

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