China’s future leader to visit California |

China’s future leader to visit California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will welcome the vice president of China to California this week, his last stop on a U.S. tour.

The governor’s office said Monday the Democrats will meet Thursday with Xi Jinping after his arrival at Los Angeles International Airport. He leaves Friday night.

Xi will start his transition as leader of China later this year. He is scheduled to meet Tuesday with President Barack Obama, then travel to Iowa and California.

Xi’s visit is a chance for him to get acquainted with the U.S. He is set to replace Hu Jintao as leader of China’s communist party later this year, then succeed him as president in 2013.

California is the nation’s most populous state and has the world’s ninth largest economy.