The Presidential Planner

Jan 19, 2011 7:00am

From ABC News' Sunlen Miller:

President Obama will welcome President Hu Jintao of China to the White House this morning for an official state visit. 

After being greeted by the president, the first lady, Vice President Biden and Jill Biden on the south lawn the two presidents will hold a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office.

The vice president will also attend.

Afterward, the two leaders will hold an expanded bilateral meeting with President Hu and the Official U.S. and Official Chinese Delegations in the Cabinet Room.

In the afternoon, the president will host a meeting with President Hu and business leaders from the U.S. and China in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

“President Obama will highlight the importance of  increasing exports to China, a key part of our National Export Initiative, and of increasing investment in the United States – both critical to supporting millions of American jobs,” the White House said setting up the meeting.


The president will be joined by U.S. business leaders like Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs, Greg Brown of Motorola, and Jeff Immelt of General Electric as well as administration officials like Secretaries Geithner and Locke, Chief of Staff Bill Daley, Ambassador Ron Kirk, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling, Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs Mike Froman, and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett.


Later in the afternoon, the two leaders – Mr. Obama and Hu – will speak to press in the East Room of the White House, holding a joint press conference.

In the evening, the Obamas will welcome back President Hu for a formal state dinner at the White House, following state dinners for India and Mexico.

At dinner, the president and President Hu will both give toasts and attend a reception afterwards.

-Sunlen Miller

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