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Hu Is Formally Welcomed to U.S. as Chinese Leader Begins Talks With Obama


By Roger Runningen and Michael Forsythe - Jan 19, 2011 9:41 AM ET

Chinese President Hu Jintao was formally welcomed to the White House for his first state visit to the U.S., which will include a rare press conference, a meeting with company executives, and a black-tie dinner.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greeted Hu on the South Lawn of the executive mansion for the ceremony. A color guard stood at attention as the two leaders met before Cabinet members, lawmakers and U.S. and foreign diplomats.

Obama said in his remarks that since the normalization of the U.S.-China relationship in 1979 brought increasing cooperation between the two nations.

“The previous 30 years have been a time of estrangement for our two countries, the 30 years since have been a time of growing engagement,” Obama said. “With this visit we can lay the foundation for the next 30 years.”

The U.S. and China “have an enormous stake in each other’s success,” he said.

Hu said U.S. and China “share broad common interests.”

“Our cooperation as partners should be based on mutual respect,” he said. “China and the United States should respect each other’s development path.”

The visit is focused on economic ties between the two countries, including more than $400 billion in annual trade, as well as differences over human rights, China’s enforcement of intellectual property rights and what U.S. officials say is the artificially low value of the yuan.

Human Rights

Obama raised one of the contentious issues in his remarks, saying that “nations are more successful, the world is more just when the rights and responsibilities of all nations and all people are upheld, including the universal rights of every human being.”

After this morning’s welcome ceremony, Hu and Obama will meet in the Oval Office before a larger meeting between officials from the two countries in the Cabinet Room. Hu will then attend a lunch at the Department of State. Obama will host a formal state dinner in Hu’s honor at the White House this evening.

Later this afternoon, Chief Executive Officers Steve Ballmer of Microsoft Corp. and Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. will be joined by General Electric Co. CEO Jeffrey Immelt, Jim McNerney of Boeing Co. and 10 other U.S. business leaders brought together by the Obama administration for a session with Hu aimed at expanding U.S. business interests in China, the world’s second-largest economy.

Executives at Meeting

Also invited to the meeting were Westinghouse Electric Corp. CEO Aris Candris; former Sybase Inc. chief executive John Chen; Coca-Cola Co. chief executive Muhtar Kent; DuPont Co. CEO Ellen J. Kullman; Greg Page, CEO of Cargill Inc.; John Thornton, chairman of HSBC Holdings Plc’s North American division; David Rubenstein, co-founder and managing director of Carlyle Group; Paul Otellini, Intel Corp. CEO; and Dow Chemical Co. CEO Andrew Liveris.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said the session will highlight the “important economic relationship” between the two countries and the role U.S. exporters play in creating jobs.

“You’ll see important commercial relationships that our CEOs have and want to expand in China that the president believes is important to make a forceful case in front of both the CEOs from China as well as President Hu,” Gibbs told reporters yesterday.

Chinese executives attending the meeting are Lu Guanqiu, chairman of Hangzhou-based Wanxiang Group Along; Lenovo Group Ltd. chairman Liu Chuanzhi; Lou Jiwei, chairman of the China Investment Corp.; and Haier Group Corp. chief executive Zhang Ruimin.

“People in the U.S. welcome us,” Lu said in an interview. “We’re solving their employment problems.” :lol:

Hu Is Formally Welcomed to U.S. as Chinese Leader Begins Talks With Obama - Bloomberg
 

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Hu, Obama set new tone for relations - People's Daily Online January 20, 2011

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Chinese President Hu Jintao shakes hands with U.S. President Barack Obama during a bilateral meeting at the White House in Washington, the United States, Jan. 19, 2011. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

Presidents of China and the U.S. pledged to increase cooperation between the world's two major powers, as they both believe the countries have enormous stake in each other's success.

Although differences remain between Washington and Beijing, President Hu Jintao and President Barack Obama said that they ought to nurture better relations, for the benefit of a stable and secure world.

Speaking at a welcome ceremony at the White House Wednesday, President Hu said it is China's hope to usher for a new chapter "in cooperation as partners" with the United States, as the two countries "share broad common interests and important common responsibilities."

With his eyes on re-election in 2012, President Obama is keen to fortify an anemic economic recovery at home. He repeatedly mentioned the touchy economic issues, saying at least twice that China's currency is "undervalued" and that bilateral trade ought to be conducted on a level playing field. Obama's top advisors have called on China to quicken currency appreciation, in their belief that a weaker U.S. dollar and a stronger Chinese yuan aid U.S. exports to China, the world's major market.

President Hu told a news conference that China's development benefits all, including the United States.

Chinese economists are already unhappy with U.S. Federal Reserve's excessive monetary easing policy, particularly the so-called "quantitative easing" policy, which has weakened U.S. dollar, leading to commodity price rises across-the-board and elevated inflation in the emerging economies, including China.

On a cold Wednesday morning, President Obama welcomed President Hu to the White House with an elaborate color-guard ceremony that included a colonial fife and drum band and a 21-gun salute.

The White House announced shortly after the welcome ceremony that the China's government had agreed to buy 200 airplanes from Boeing in a $19 billion deal, and multi-billion-dollar joint project to develop new energies.

"China and the U.S. should respected each other's choice of development path, and each other's core interests, " Hu said.

President Hu used his remarks to call for the United States and China to "adopt a long-term perspective, seek common ground while reserving differences and work together to achieve sustained, sound and steady development of our relations."

However, Obama sought to re-emphasize American views of human rights. "History shows that societies are more harmonious, nations are more successful and the world is more just, when the rights and responsibilities of all nations and all people are upheld, including the universal rights of every human being."

On Wednesday, as Obama escorted Hu around the South Lawn for the customary reviewing of troops, they stopped to shake the hands of a small crowd of schoolchildren — including President Obama's 9-year-old daughter, Sasha — who were waving tiny American and Chinese flags.

Obama began his remarks to reporters Wednesday by harking back to the visit of another Chinese leader, Mr. Deng Xiaoping, in the winter of 1979, when President Jimmy Carter was in the White House, and the two countries engaged in what Obama called "the historic normalization" of relations.

"What Deng Xiaoping said long ago remains true today: There are still great possibilities for cooperation between our two countries," Obama said.

"The 30 years since (Deng's visit) has been a time of growing exchanges and understanding," Obama said. "With this visit, we can lay the foundation for the next 30 years."

Obama touted U.S.-China relations: "We have an enormous stake in each other's success."

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Hu: Important consensus reached with Obama - People's Daily Online January 20, 2011

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US President Barack Obama (R) and Chinese President Hu Jintao shake hands at the conclusion of their joint news conference in the East Room at the White House in Washington, January 19, 2011.[Photo/Agencies]

Chinese President Hu Jintao said in Washington Wednesday that important consensus was reached during his talks with US President Barack Obama.

"We had an in-depth exchange of views and reached important agreement on China-US relations and major international and regional issues of shared interest," President Hu told a joint press conference with Obama following their meeting.

The Chinese leader said both sides "agree to further push forward the positive, cooperative and comprehensive US-China relationship and commit to work together to build a China-US cooperative partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefit so as to better benefit people in our own countries and the world over."

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US President Barack Obama (R) and Chinese President Hu Jintao preside over a meeting with business leaders in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House in Washington, January 19, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]

Both sides also agreed to strengthen exchanges and cooperation in economy and trade, energy and environment, science and technology, infrastructure construction, culture and education, counter-terrorism, non-proliferation, law enforcement and other areas so as to achieve mutual benefit, according to the Chinese president.

Saying his talks with Obama were conducted "under candid, pragmatic and constructive atmosphere," Hu said China appreciates Obama's commitment to a positive and constructive China policy, and to stable and growing China-US relations since he took office two years ago.

Hu noted that China and the United States share expanding common interests and shoulder increasing common responsibilities, and voiced support for expanding military exchanges between the two sides.

"We believe expansion of military exchanges and cooperation will be conducive to deepening mutual trust between our two countries," Hu said.

While stressing that China-US cooperation has great significance for the two countries and for the world, the Chinese leader said the two sides "should firmly adhere to the right direction of our relationship; respect each other's sovereignty, territorial integrity and development interests; promote the long-term sound and steady growth of China-US relations and make even greater contributions to maintaining and promoting world peace and development."

During President Hu's state visit, the two countries had signed a number of cooperation agreements. "These will inject fresh momentum into our bilateral cooperation and create a great many job opportunities for our two countries," Hu said.

On the situation on the Korean Peninsula, he said both countries agreed to work together with relevant parties to maintain peace and stability on the peninsula, promote denuclearization of the peninsula and achieve lasting peace and security in Northeast Asia.

The Chinese leader reaffirmed China's firm commitment to the path of peaceful development and a win-win strategy of opening up.

"China is a friend and partner of all countries, and China's development is an opportunity for the world," he said.

Meanwhile, Hu said he and Obama discussed some disagreements in the economic and trade area, with both sides pledging "to continue to appropriately resolve these according to the principle of mutual respect and consultation on an equal footing."

Addressing the same press conference, Obama said cooperation between the two countries is good for the two sides and for the whole world.

"Along with our G-20 partners, we've moved from the brink of catastrophe to the beginning of global economic recovery," he said.

Noting China is one of the top markets for American exports, Obama said the annual US exports to China in goods and services support "more than half a million American jobs."

He praised China's extraordinary economic growth that "has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. "This is a tribute to the Chinese people," he added.

The US leader also expressed his satisfaction with the reaching of dozens of deals between the two sides that will increase US exports "by more than 45 billion US dollars."

Hu, who unfurled his first state visit to the United States Tuesday since Obama took office in 2009, just concluded his eighth meeting with Obama before the press conference.

Before the talks, a grand welcome ceremony for President Hu was held at the White House.

Hu said at the ceremony that his visit is aimed at increasing mutual trust, enhancing friendship, deepening cooperation and pushing forward the positive, cooperative and comprehensive China-US relationship for the 21st century.

Source:Xinhua
 

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All right, labor work time... to share some interesting pictures...

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The President and first lady hosted Chinese President Hu Jintao for a State Dinner on Wednesday night in D.C. The evening was a glamorous affair in Washington where the worlds of politics, celebrities, athletes and powerful executives welcomed Hu and dined in the White House. -- BTW, I like a beaming Obama(o).

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner arrives with his wife Carole. Perhaps he's giving her tips for dinner etiquette.


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Yo-Yo Ma arrives with Jill Hornor for the State Dinner. Earlier in the day, Ma - a world-renowned cellist - performed at a luncheon that Presidents Obama and Hu attended. -- LOL! never able to be fond of the sound of cello - it's simply too sad. :cry:

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger arrives with his wife Nancy. -- Nice to see him still strong and healthy.

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Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs and his wife Laura. -- Haha! The blood sucker!

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Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase and his wife Judith were another Wall Street couple to attend the dinner. -- Yet another one...
 

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Robert Iger, president and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company, and his wife Willow Bay.


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Figure skater Michelle Kwan, who recently served as a public diplomat abroad for the U.S. State Department, was in attendance as well.

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While Mrs. Obama wore an Alexander McQueen dress for the affair, fashion designer Vera Wang was still invited, along with Arthur Becker.

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Jackie Chan kept it light hearted during his entrance to the event. -- Hahaha...

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On the menu for the evening: poached Maine Lobster and dry-aged rib eye with "buttermilk crisp" onions. A meal that was called "quintessentially American." Rib-eye steak was also served, along with double stuffed potatoes with spinach. For dessert? That would be "old fashioned" apple pie with vanilla ice cream.

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Workers prepare the State Dining Room of the White House, lit in light pastel hues to match a soft tone for the evening.


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Floral centerpieces featured spring tulips, bunched tight and rounded.


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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shared a table with her hubby. -- LOL! Better be ...
 

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I guess that Hu even didn't need a translator here. If he have said "anyone's seen my wine glass, comrades ? ", more than half of them would have answered in almost perfect Mandarín "what's up, my lord?" :lol:
 

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