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Xi Jinping visits Iowa... again

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping on February 15, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Today, he heads back to Iowa after nearly three decades away.

So there's been a lot of buzz about the vice president -- soon to be president -- of China visiting the U.S. this week. Yesterday, he was in Washington, D.C. talking to American business leaders. Today, he arrives in Iowa.

It turns out though, that this isn't Xi Jinping's first visit to the state.

In today's Mid-day Extra, we have Eleanor Dvorchak with us, who hosted the leader on his trip back in 1985.

Although the language barrier made it difficult to speak much on his first visit to the agricultural state (he was there to learn about U.S. farming methods) Eleanor found him to be a considerate and intelligent guest -- who had a taste for corn flakes, apparently.

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Jeremy Hobson is host of Marketplace Morning Report, where he looks at business news from a global perspective to prepare listeners for the day ahead.

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