Do Chinese communists make for better capitalists?
15 February 2012 Last updated at 14:18 GMT
The man expected to be China's next leader has met with President Obama, the US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden.
The visit from Xi Jinping is a sign of how keen the US is to start forging a new relationship but should the US be looking closely at how China runs its economy?
Loretta Napoleoni says that the financial crisis could spell the end of western free market capitalism in her new book "Mao-Nomics: Why Chinese Communists Make Better Capitalists Than We Do".
She told BBC Radio 5 live Wake Up to Money that it would be the victory of "communism with a profit motive".
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