Hu Jintao to Join Obama for Private White House Dinner

On the first night of his highly anticipated visit to the States, Chinese President Hu Jintao will join U.S. President Barack Obama Tuesday evening for a private dinner at the White House, The Associated Press reported.

With Washington and Beijing divided on a number of delicate issues, some U.S. analysts feel that Hu’s trip to the U.S. will be the most important state visit in 30 years.

The U.S. and China in 2010 squabbled over trade in rare earth minerals for the clean energy industry, navigation rights, North Korean attacks on South Korea, and the Chinese currency.

The president’s agenda said he is scheduled to eat with Hu in the Old Family Dining Room about 24 hours before a black-tie White House state dinner.

In the morning, Obama received daily briefings and met with senior advisers. He was scheduled to meet with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates in the afternoon.

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