An unlikely white bungalow in the state of Iowa, twice visited by Xi Jinping, has been proclaimed the “Sino-US friendship house,” and was yesterday opened to visitors.
The house, located in the small town of Muscatine, has become well known in China due to Xi’s two visits to it before he took office in March 2013. Xi lived at the house for a brief duration in 1985 while accompanying a Chinese delegation. In 2012, while he served as vice president, he returned to meet with the family who had hosted him.
“This house was a unique witness to President Xi Jinping’s friendship with people of Muscatine, and it will certainly go down in history as a symbol of China-U.S. friendship,” said Zhao Weiping, Consul General of China’s Chicago Consulate-General at a ribbon-cutting ceremony organized to mark the opening of the house.
“We were certainly surprised when we heard that he will be the president of China,” said Gary Dvochak, the son of the house’s original owner.
The Dvochaks have since moved to Flordia after selling the house to the China Window Group, an organisation which is engaged in activities for promoting Sino-American exchange.
Watch the scenes three years ago when Xi Jinping visited the house in 2012:
[Image via Xinhua]
By Dominic Jackson