Feted in China, Xi's U.S. profile dims in shadow of pope




 
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September 28th, 2015  
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Topic: Feted in China, Xi's U.S. profile dims in shadow of pope


By Ben Blanchard and David Brunnstrom BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - On Friday morning, Chinese President Xi Jinping enjoyed the symbolic high point of his first state visit to the United States - a 21-gun salute as he stood with President Barack Obama outside the White House. For most Americans, it was a sideshow: the main news networks were deep into their fourth straight day of blanket coverage of Pope Francis' historic U.S. visit. Xi's U.S. trip has - at least in terms of U.S. media coverage - been firmly overshadowed by the wildly popular pontiff, raising questions over its timing and contrasting sharply with the wall-to-wall coverage of Xi by Chinese media.




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