(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama formally welcomes Chinese President Hu Jintao to the White House Wednesday, even as the administration acknowledges that distrust still remains between the United States and China.
This is the first time in history that a Nobel Peace Prize winning U.S. President has rolled out the red carpet for the leader of a country who has a different Nobel Peace Laureate in jail -- begging the question for some observers: does the U.S. need China more than China needs us?
Tuesday night's airport arrival ceremony, a rare honor for a visiting foreign leader, featured Vice President Joe Biden personally greeting the Chinese president on the tarmac. The ceremony marked the start of Hu's two-day visit that includes an Oval Office meeting with Obama and a joint press conference, a meeting with U.S and Chinese business leaders and an elaborate state dinner, only the third such gathering in Obama's presidency.
No major breakthroughs are expected. Asian experts said that one key focus for the two presidents is simply mending fences.
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