Joe Biden urges Chinese youth to challenge authority

Written by Associated Press | Beijing | Updated: Dec 4 2013, 18:09pm hrs
US 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 US Embassy in Beijing, where Chinese citizens were waiting to get visas to visit the US

Joe Biden says the US 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.

Joe 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.

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