Sasha Obama Practices Her Chinese With President Hu

Jan 21, 2011 4:37pm

ABC News' Jake Tapper and Amy Bingham report:  It turns out that the State Visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao had one success not mentioned in the joint statement issued at its conclusion: Sasha Obama got to practice her Chinese with President Hu.

As first disclosed by Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications in a videoconference with Chinese bloggers,  more Americans are studying about China these days.

“The president pointed out last night at the State Dinner that his daughter Sasha is a very young girl but her class is studying Chinese,” Rhodes said. “She’s under 10 years old but  she’s studying Chinese and she wanted to have the chance to practice her Chinese with President Hu. You know not every 7-year-old has the opportunity to try out her first phrases in Chinese with the president of China. But she had that chance and, but I think that speaks to there’s an interest in the United States in China and a desire to get to know the country better.”

Sasha, 9, attends the prestigious Sidwell Friends School.

- Jake Tapper and Amy Bingham

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