(WASHINGTON) -- China's President Hu Jintao didn't even have time to take off his coat upon arriving in the U.S. Tuesday before there was controversy brewing.
The meetings scheduled this week between President Obama and his Chinese counterpart are considered crucial by administration officials, given that Beijing seems to have had the upper hand in relations between the two countries since Obama took office.
While Obama and Hu are expected to broker business deals to assist each other's economies, it's unlikely Hu will abide by U.S. demands that China raise its artificially low currency, which has kept Chinese goods cheap at the expense of American exports.
Meanwhile, House Speaker John Boehner threw the first curveball of Hu's four-day visit by skipping Tuesday night's state dinner in Hu's honor.
A spokesman for Boehner said the House speaker would make up for his no-show by holding "a substantive meeting with President Hu later this week."
Still, the snub was bound to irk the White House, which has been criticized by Republicans for hosting a dinner while China continues to act slowly on allowing basic human rights.
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