On Jan. 19, 2011, President Hu Jintao attended the welcome banquet hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House.
At 6:00 p.m., President Hu arrived at the White House. He was greeted by President Barack Obama and his wife at the door. President Hu took a group photo with President Obama and his wife and shook hands with the attendees of the banquet. After the greeting, President Hu, accompanied by President Obama and his wife, went to the banquet hall and were seated.
Obama and Hu Jintao delivered speeches respectively when the banquet started. In his speech, President Obama once again extended a warm welcome to President Hu. He also spoke highly of the positive results achieved by President Hu’s visit. He reaffirmed that the United States welcomes a strong, successful, prosperous China to play an important role in the world. He emphasized the U.S. and China enjoy broad prospects for cooperation and the United States is willing to work together with China to strengthen cooperation on a wide range of issues, promote the development of China-U.S. relations, and safeguard peace, stability and prosperity in the Asian-Pacific region and the world.
In his address, President Hu spoke highly of the important progress of China-U.S. relations particularly since Obama took office two years ago. He stressed that under the current circumstances, China and the U.S. have more common interests, shoulder more important common responsibilities, and face more serious common challenges. Maintaining the long-term, healthy, stable development of China-U.S. relations is more important than ever before. The two sides should, in a more determined manner, from a broader perspective and in a more positive attitude, stay realistic and pragmatic and forge ahead with greater determination to fully tap cooperation potentials and open up new prospects for China-U.S. relations. He expressed the belief that with joint efforts of the two sides, China-U.S. partnership will achieve fruitful results, better benefit the two peoples, and make greater contribution to the noble cause of global peace and development.
At the dinner banquet, the artists of the two countries presented excellent performances. The banquet was immersed in a warm and friendly atmosphere all the way.
There were about 220 people attending the dinner banquet, including U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, key members of the cabinet, former U.S. presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, former U.S. secretaries of state Henry Kissinger and Madeleine Albright, former Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Scowcroft, and members of the Congress.
Wang Qishan, Ling Jihua, Wang Huning, Dai Bingguo and other related leaders also attended the banquet.
That afternoon, President Hu Jintao attended the luncheon hosted by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Department of State.