15 Jan '11, 3am

Seriously, a very smart move: Hu, Obama to share intimate dinner

WASHINGTON - US PRESIDENTS Barack Obama will open President Hu Jintao's state visit next week with an unusual intimate private dinner for the Chinese leader at the White House. Mr Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and national security adviser Tom Donilon will dine with Mr Hu and two counterparts from China in the Old Family Dining Room in the White House residence on Tuesday evening, officials said. 'It's a very unusually small dinner that we'll have with President Hu,' said Mr Donilon. The setting will reflect 'the relationship that we are building and the opportunity to have candid conversation in much less formal settings than you typically would see, at a meeting between the Chinese and the United States,' Mr Donilon said. Earlier on Tuesday, Mr Hu will fly into Andrews Air Force base to begin the visit and will be welcomed by Vice-president Joe Biden, Mr Doni...

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