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January 18, 2011


White House Looks to Avoid Gaffes During Chinese Visit

President Obama welcomes China President Hu Jintao at the White House tonight and the New York Times notes that everyone "will be crossing his fingers that things go better than the last time the Chinese leader was here."

Among the things that went wrong four years ago: A Falun Gong protester acquired press credentials and disrupted a press conference, an announcer mistakenly confused the official names of China and Taiwan, and President Bush grabbed the Chinese president by his suit to prevent him from walking down the wrong stairs.

President Hu is scheduled to have "an unusual, very intimate dinner" with President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and National Security Adviser Tom Donilon tonight. The official state dinner will take place Wednesday night












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