Washington, D.C. (December 22, 2010) – The White House Office of the Press Secretary said Wednesday that President Barack Obama will host President Hu Jintao of the People’s Republic of China, at the White House on January 19, 2011 for an official State visit. This will be the third State visit of the administration and reciprocates President Obama’s State visit to China in November 2009.
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 President looks forward to welcoming President Hu to Washington to continue building a partnership that advances our common interests and addresses our shared concerns.
The President and Mrs. Obama will host President Hu for an official state dinner on the night of January 19.
Obama and Hu last spoke by phone on December 6, 2010, to discuss the crisis involving North Korea’s sudden nuclear capabilities and of its hostile actions in an attack on a South Korean island.
The two Presidents agreed to work on common interests of peace and stability in Northeast Asia, and for a priority concern of ensuring the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula continues.