This week's photograph, taken by official White House photographer Pete Souza, captures President Barack Obama and President Hu Jintao of the People's Republic of China walking alongside the Colonnade of the White House. President Obama hosted President Hu in Washington, DC for an official State Visit from January 18 to 21. Over the course of the visit, the leaders of the world's two largest economies discussed a wide range of bilateral, regional, and global issues, including cooperation in commerce, science and technology, regional stability and security in East Asia, and moving forward with a formal dialogue on human rights.
On January 19, the President, the Vice President, the First Lady, Dr. Biden, and Secretary Clinton welcomed President Hu to the White House South Lawn. After the Presidents' bilateral meeting, the counterparts held a press conference to discuss U.S.-China relations.
In the afternoon, Secretary Clinton, Vice President Biden, and Dr. Jill Biden co-hosted a luncheon in honor of Chinese President Hu Jintao at the Department of State. In an interview with CBS, Secretary Clinton said that President Hu's visit to Washington represents “the continuation of two years of the Obama Administration's efforts to build a positive, cooperative and comprehensive relationship with China. And we think it is one of the most consequential relationships for the future of our country and the future."
Later, Secretary Clinton, Vice President Biden, and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack showed President Hu a model of the proposed China Garden in the National Arboretum. In addition, Secretary Clinton and Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi signed a memorandum of understanding establishing the U.S.-China Governors Forum.
First Lady Michelle Obama hosted an event at Howard University focusing on study abroad and the "100,000 Strong Initiative," which seeks to increase the number of American students studying in China and prepare the next generation of American experts on China who will be charged with managing the growing political, economic, and cultural ties between the United States and China.
After Mrs. Obama delivered remarks, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Ann Stock led a panel discussion with students who studied in China, including State Department exchange program alumni. You can watch the video here.
In the evening, President Obama and the First Lady hosted a dinner in honor of President Hu and the Chinese delegation. During an exchange of toasts, President Obama said, “…to our people, the citizens of the People's Republic of China and the United States of America. May they grow together in friendship. May they prosper together in peace. And may they realize their dream of the future for themselves, for their children, and for their grandchildren."
You can view more photographs from President Hu's visit here on www.whitehouse.gov.