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Chinese president to make a state visit on January 19

By the CNN Wire Staff
U.S. President Barack Obama talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao at the G20 Summit in Toronto, Canada, in June.
U.S. President Barack Obama talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao at the G20 Summit in Toronto, Canada, in June.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • President Obama will host a state dinner for President Hu
  • It will be the third state visit Obama has hosted since taking office
RELATED TOPICS
  • Hu Jintao
  • Barack Obama
  • China
  • The White House

Washington (CNN) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao will make a state visit to the White House on January 19, including a state dinner that night, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced Wednesday.

It will be the third state visit that President Barack Obama has hosted since taking office in January 2009.

It reciprocates Obama's state visit to China in November 2009, according to the statement from Gibbs.

"President Hu's visit will highlight the importance of expanding cooperation between the United States and China on bilateral, regional, and global issues, as well as the friendship between the peoples of our two countries," the Gibbs statement said.

 
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