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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden waves as he walks out of Air Force Two at the airport in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, Pool)

Biden urges Chinese youth to challenge authority

– U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is opening a visit to China by urging Chinese students to challenge their government, teachers and religious leaders.

Just after arriving in Beijing, Biden paid a surprise visit to the consular section of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, where Chinese citizens were waiting to get visas to visit the U.S.

Biden says the U.S. is able to remake itself because Americans reject orthodoxy. He says the only way you make something new is to break the mold of what’s old.

Biden says American children are rewarded instead of punished for challenging the status quo. His comments seem to allude to the authoritarian rule of China’s government.

Biden says he hopes Chinese visiting the U.S. will learn innovation can only occur where you can breathe free.

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