The Prince With The Common Touch

"We've displayed to this world leader our work ethic, No. 1, and our value for friendship; that's No. 2," Mayor DeWayne M. Hopkins said in an interview at City Hall. "If that message can be disseminated into the rest of the United States in encouragement for people to be interested in Muscatine and perhaps relocate here - and I mean people all the way from households up to retail and manufacturing - then that's a plus."

The above quote refers to the visit to Iowa by Xi Jinping where the Chinese president in waiting once spent time as a young man.  His visit underscores the desire for the Chinese to maintain strong relations with the U.S., but his choice of cities also underscores his sympathies for the common man. 

Though he is labeled a "princeling" because of his ties to China's revolutionary hero, he worked in the fields in China and identified with the working class as evidenced by Ms. Dvorchak's recall of his humble demeanor when he stayed as a guest in her home.  Americans should be thrilled that Xi Jinping chose to identify with America's heartland rather than the elite 1%.

By bringing media attention to Muscatine, Americans can be reminded that America has a whole segment of the population that is wholesome and decent. In many ways, they have much in common with the rural population in China. Such rare visits may provide the opportunity to establish sister city relationships with cities in China and other countries that can pave the way for more future economic and political cooperation and understanding.