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Biden Talks Communication, Shares Journey with Chinese Students


Biden Talks Communication, Shares Journey with Chinese Students


Vice President Biden spoke to students at Sichuan University in southwest China during a trip to enhance communication between the world’s two largest economies.
Vice President Biden spoke to students at Sichuan University in southwest China during a trip to enhance communication between the world’s two largest economies.

U.S. Vice President Biden shared with Chinese university students his journey to overcome a speech impediment in remarks that highlighted communication and understanding among nations as critical to effective international relations.


“Language, speech, interchange, openness, communication — that is the material that can be used to lessen the possibility of the unintended conflict,” Biden said during a question-and-answer session with students at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China, August 21. He called speech the “currency of understanding” and said language provides people a critical platform on which to communicate their ideas.


He thanked the students for addressing him in English and expressed regret that he could not return the favor by speaking to them in Chinese. Biden said that Chinese and American students studying to become bilingual will help bridge the language gap and enable the United States and China to better understand each other in the future.


Praised by one of the students as a “veteran and accomplished public speaker,” Biden responded by telling the group that his ability to communicate clearly has not been without challenges.

当有一位学生称赞他是 “老资格的极有造诣的演说家”时,他说自己获得了清晰表达的能力,并非未曾遇到过挑战。

“I was a serious stutterer when I was in school as a child, as a high school student and even into college,” the vice president told the students. Biden said he worked for years to overcome the problem.


“I practiced very, very hard by myself, standing in front of a mirror, trying to enunciate without contorting my face,” he said.


Biden also addressed the stigma of speech impediments.


“There’s tens of millions of people around the world trapped with a keen mind and a big heart, trapped inside of a body that cannot articulate what they feel,” he said.


Enhancing understanding through strategic communication between the United States and China was a top priority of Biden’s five-day visit to Beijing and Chengdu, along with building stronger relations among top U.S. and Chinese leaders. White House officials said the trip marked an investment in the future of U.S.-China cooperation.


Biden was in the country as a guest of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, and his visit was the first in a series of planned reciprocal visits between the vice presidents announced by President Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao during Hu’s state visit to Washington earlier in 2011.


During his time in China, Biden talked with Xi, Hu and other high-level Chinese officials about bilateral, regional and global issues such as the global economy, energy, international cooperation, military ties, the environment and sustainable development.


After visiting Beijing and Chengdu, the vice president traveled to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and then to Tokyo and Sendai in Japan as part of a nine-day trip that White House officials say showcases the Obama administration’s efforts to “renew and intensify the U.S. role in Asia.”



that very guy came here to jerk us chinese aroud, so?
very interesting news for learning America political affair
usual news translated from Chinese to English
Biden,vice president?sorry,this is a new man for me.thanks for VOA.
I hear his name the first time , thanks.
I learned a new usage of "address" from the article.
it's not difficult. And I like it.
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