Vice President Joe Biden is expected to tackle a variety of issues during his visit to China this week, but not surprisingly, concerns over the U.S.'s ability to manage its debt and deficits will be at the forefront of his meetings.
As the Associated Press is reporting, Biden will re-assure Chinese leaders that the U.S. is committed to tackling its fiscal challenges, emphasizing aspects of the recent debt ceiling deal that the Obama administration believes are good steps toward long-term deficit reduction.
Of course, it won't all be fiscal talk: Biden, an outspoken critic of China's recent crackdown on political dissidents, is also expected to emphasize human rights during his visit. And as The Wall Street Journal is reporting, U.S. officials are hoping Biden's meetings with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping will offer some rare insight into the personality and politics of the man who is presumed to be the country's future leader.
Take a look at some key issues expected on Biden's agenda below: