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Mayor Villaraigosa visited China in December and opened a tourist office in Chongqing. Today, he welcomed the first visit of Chinese national leaders to LA in 13 years -- including Vice President Xi Jinping, who's expected to be China's senior official for the next decade. China Daily says the event will bring what it calls "the US Pacific Gateway" closer to China. How important is that to LA's economy, now and in the future? Xi Jinping's already seen the Port of LA. Then there's a dinner.  Will he catch tomorrow night's Laker game? Also, Orange County isn't blue yet, but President Obama raised money this morning in Newport Beach. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, can Rick Santorum go the distance?

Banner image: Visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (C) walks toward his vehicle on arrival in Los Angeles where he was met by California Governor Jerry Brown (2nd R) on February 16, 2012. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Main Topic Xi Jinping's Visit to LA and China-Golden State Connections 20 MIN, 33 SEC

China's Vice President and next leader-apparent, Xi Jinping, visited the Port of Los Angeles today, including the expanding facility run by the China Shipping Group. Tonight at the JW Marriott Hotel in downtown LA, Vice President Xi is dining with Chinese Americans from the Los Angeles region. There are just 500 seats—and Xi's delegation fills 100.

Ferdinando Guerra, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation
Yunxiang Yan, UCLA
Rosanna Xia, Los Angeles Times (@RosannaXia)

Reporter's Notebook Obama's Trip to the 'Red' OC 5 MIN, 36 SEC

Just before China's Vice President Xi arrived in Los Angeles, the President of the United States was raising campaign money in Newport Beach. At the home of Geoffrey and Nancy Stack, you could eat breakfast outside in a tent for $2500; inside with the President, the tariff was between $10,000 and $35,800. That's according to Martin Wisckol politics reporter with the Orange County Register.

Martin Wisckol, Orange County Register (@MartinWisckol)

Main Topic Rick Santorum Pulls Ahead of the Republican Pack 26 MIN, 36 SEC

With more than four national polls showing Rick Santorum now tied with Mitt Romney among Republicans, the next showdowns will be Michigan and Arizona later this month, followed closely by ten states on Super Tuesday, March 6.  Can he overcome Romney's huge advantage in money and organization as voters learn more about Santorum's record, his stands on issues and his personality? Can he shift from his emphasis on cultural issues to the economy?



Michael D. Shear, New York Times (@shearm)
Bill Ballenger, Inside Michigan Politics (@iMIpolitics)
John Baer, Philadelphia Daily News
Richard Land, Southern Baptist Convention (@erlcsbc)

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