Chinese President, VP attend New Year gala for military veterans

Chinese President Hu Jintao

BEIJING, Jan. 24 (KATAKAMI.COM / Xinhua) — Chinese President Hu Jintao extended new year greetings to military veterans at a new year gala in Beijing Monday, ahead of the Chinese lunar new year, which falls on Feb. 3.

Hu, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, wished the veteran army officers a happy new year and good health.

Xi Jinping, vice president and vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, also attended the gala, along with other senior military officials.  (*)

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Chinese president attends private dinner hosted by Obama

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (KATAKAMI.COM / Xinhua) — Visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao attended a private dinner hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House Tuesday night.

In a friendly atmosphere both heads of state exchanged views on Sino-U.S. relations and international and regional issues of common concern.

President Obama extended a warm welcome to President Hu, who is on a state visit to the United States. Both leaders positively assessed the progress in bilateral relations, and hoped that the visit will further promote a positive, cooperative and comprehensive Sino-U.S. relationship.

Hu said he had come to the United States to strengthen mutual understanding and trust between the two peoples, boost bilateral exchanges and cooperation and enhance effective coordination between the two countries on major international and regional issues. Above all, he said he had come to open a new phase in the development of Sino-U.S. relations.

Hu, who arrived here Tuesday for a four-day state visit, will have a formal meeting with Obama on Wednesday.  (*)

Photostream : Chinese President Hu Jintao Arrives in US for State Visit

U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden (R) and Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) stand at the end of the red carpet during an arrival ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base January 18, 2011 at Camp Springs, Maryland. Chinese President Hu is on a state visit to the United States. He will be welcomed with a state arrival ceremony and have official meetings with the Obama Administration at the White House tomorrow. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Chinese President Hu Jintao talks with Vice President Joe Biden during an arrival ceremony,Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

China's President Hu Jintao receives flowers upon his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington for a state visit, January 18, 2011. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is at rear. REUTERS/Jason Reed

China's President Hu Jintao greets members of the United States government alongside Vice President Joe Biden (R) upon his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington for a state visit, January 18, 2011. REUTERS/Jason Reed

China's President Hu Jintao and and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (R) listen to national anthems upon Hu's arrival at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington for a state visit, January 18, 2011. REUTERS/Jason Reed

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