Chinese President Hu Jintao arrives in Washington for a daylong visit with the Obama administration. Hu will meet with privately Obama in the Oval Office, followed by visits with respective staffs, a luncheon, joint afternoon press conference and a glitzy dinner at day's end. Topics of discussion between the two world leaders include currency, trade and human rights concerns.
During the welcoming ceremony, Hu said, "I have come to the United States to increase mutual trust, enhance friendship, deepen cooperation and push forward the positive, cooperative and comprehensive relationship for the 21st century."
Obama reviews soldiers on the South Lawn with Hu Jintao upon his arrival to the White House.
President Hu begins his American visit with an address on the White House South Lawn. The Chinese President stood silent for an English voice-over before delivering his address in his native tongue. Hu and Obama will deliver a joint press conference today at 1 p.m. Eastern.
Obama listens as his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao delivers his address. Hu said, "As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, the people of both China and the United States want to see further progress in our relations and people around the globe want to see greater prosperity in the world."
During the first meeting of the day, President Hu Jintao is invited into the Oval Office. While inside, news came from an administration official that China is to buy 200 Boeing air craft from, with an estimated worth of $19 billion--confirming that China is serious about increasing investment in American businesses.
Outside the White House, pro-Tibetan liberation activists protest President Hu's visit. Human rights are among the top concerns to be addressed during Wednesday's meetings.
At a press conference in the East Room of the White House, Chinese President Hu saide China has made "enormous progress' on human rights but there is still a lot of room for improvement."
During the press conference, Hu was asked by a Bloomberg reporter about the status of human rights in his country. Hu said first that he did not hear the question, then answered, "China will discuss human rights with 'mutual respect and non-interference' in its affairs."
Chinese President Hu Jintao shakes hands with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on his visit to the Capitol Thursday.
Hu stands alongside former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger after being introduced to speak at a luncheon for corporate and policy leaders co-hosted by the US-China Business Council and the National Committee on US-China Relations at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington Thursday.