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USCPF WELCOMES CHINESE PRESIDENT HU JINTAO AT STATE VISIT LUNCHEON
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.
January 20, 2011


On Thursday, January 20, 2011, the U.S.-China Policy Foundation cooperated with the U.S.-China Business Council, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and several other organizations to host a reception and luncheon in honor of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s official state visit to Washington, D.C. With approximately 580 distinguished guests in attendance, the luncheon welcomedPresident Hu on his first visit to the U.S. since 2006.

President Hu gave a speech highlighting the positive course of U.S.-China relations and encouraged the formation of a strong “China-U.S. cooperative partnership” for the future. In particular, President Hu called for cooperation among business and policy relations in the Pacific Rim, where the two countries have similarly large stakes both politically and financially. Coordinating U.S.-China decisions in the Asia-Pacific, he stated, is “crucial to the situation there and our bilateral relations.”

President Hu’s January visit to China came at a crucial time for Sino-American relations. Since President Obama’s visit to China in 2009, a series of increasingly tense events has soured relations between the two countries. The January meeting served as a reset button for the waning relationship, with the two leaders mutually acknowledging their countries’ crucial ties to each other. The honorary luncheon in D.C. was Hu’s only public event during the important state summit, and the Chinese president’s speech echoed the overall positive tone of his visit. The USCPF was honored to help welcome President Hu to Washington, and hopes this year will be a positive one for relations between the two powers.