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Wednesday
Jan192011

President Obama Welcomes Chinese President Hu to White House

President Obama meets with Chinese President Hu Jintao in Seoul, South Korea. Photo Courtesy - The White House/Samantha Appleton(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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Wednesday
Jan192011

House Speaker Boehner Skips State Dinner for Chinese President

Photo Courtesy - The White House/Pete Souza(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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