China's Vice President Xi Jinping Concludes His United States Visit at Los Angeles Lakers Game at STAPLES Center

by laliveinsider on Wed., Feb 22 at 09:00 AM

CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN, LOS ANGELES MAYOR ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA, AEG EXECUTIVES, MAGIC JOHNSON & DAVID BECKHAM WELCOME CHINA'S VICE PRESIDENT XI JINPING TO HIS FIRST NBA BASKTETBALL GAME

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LOS ANGELES, CA (February 17, 2012) - Tonight, Vice President of China, Xi Jinping, concluded his United States visit at STAPLES Center where he watched the Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Phoenix Suns 111-99. Attending his first ever NBA contest, the Vice President was the guest of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, AEG President & CEO Tim Leiweke and President of AEG China John Cappo. Also welcoming him were California Governor Jerry Brown, basketball legend Magic Johnson and the LA Galaxy's David Beckham.

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While at STAPLES Center, Vice President Xi received several gifts including a personalized Lakers jersey from Villaraigosa, autographed Kobe Bryant jersey from Johnson, Kobe Bryant autographed basketball shoes from Leiweke and Cappo representing AEG and their arenas including STAPLES Center, Shanghai's Mercedes-Benz Arena and Beijing's MasterCard Center and Beckham who presented the Vice President with a personally signed LA Galaxy jersey.

Prior to arriving at STAPLES Center, Xi met with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE for an economic trade conference hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce. Xi's visit to Los Angeles was focused on promoting US-China trade and included an announcement of a new venture with Los Angeles-based DreamWorks and meetings with a variety of other business leaders from the entertainment industry.

\"We are honored to welcome Vice President Xi to AEG's flagship venue, STAPLES Center, the sports and entertainment center of the world,\" said AEG China President & CEO. \"We are proud of the role we continue to play in redefining the entertainment and cultural development in China through the Mercedes-Benz Arena, MasterCard Center and our new venue in Dalian China National Games Arena which is set to open later this year.\"

About AEG China

AEG China combines outstanding venue management with strong sales, marketing and events promotion to become the leading sports and entertainment provider in China. AEG China is led by CEO John Cappo, an expert in live performance promotion and sports arena management with more than 15 years of professional experience in China. Under the AEG China umbrella are the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, and the MasterCard Center in Beijing, both 18,000 seat world-class venues and a new arena being built, the Dalian China National Game Arena. AEG also provides design & construction advice to numerous cities in China who are in the process of building arenas, which shall become part of the AEG network in the country.

PHOTOS ATTACHED

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Lee Zeidman (STAPLES Center General Manager & Senior Vice President), John Cappo (AEG China President & CEO), Vice President of China Xi Jinping, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Tim Leiweke (AEG President & CEO).

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John Cappo (AEG China President & CEO), David Beckham (LA Galaxy), Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Vice President of China Xi Jinping and Magic Johnson.

Photos courtesy of AEG.

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