The three-day trip includes a state dinner on Wednesday (which was tonight) and the eighth face-to-face meeting between Obama and the Chinese leader, which administration officials say illustrates the importance of relations between two global powers at a time described by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a "critical juncture."
Chinese state media has reported that Hu will stress how a constructive, comprehensive partnership between the two nations could be mutually beneficial and help ensure stability in Asia and worldwide, despite differences between Beijing and Washington on issues such as human rights and currency controls.
I guess he planned on discussing that with action star Jackie Chan because Jackie and plenty other celebs were among the guests at Wednesday's dinner. Barbra Streisand also topped a guest list including three presidents and political and media elites at a US state dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao.
Check out the dinner room...
They say red means "good luck" in Chinese.
Looked like the President was focusing on some other things too...
Chinese President Hu Jintao, asked a second time about human rights at a Washington news conference, said
"a lot still needs to be done"in China on rights while insisting enormous progress has been made.
Hu did not respond to an initial question about human rights at the White House news conference with U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday. Asked why, he blamed translation and technical problems.
Hu was asked about the topic after Obama used part of his opening statement at the news conference to say the United States supports dialogue between China and representatives of the Dalai Lama and wants Beijing to respect the religious rights of the Tibetan people.
He said "a lot still needs to be done" on human rights in China and he said China is willing to have a dialogue on the issue on the basis of mutual respect and non-interference into China's internal affairs.
China traditionally rejects criticism of its human rights record as interference in its internal affairs.
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