January 18th, 2011
10:22 AM ET

Chinese president to begin U.S. visit

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - Chinese President Hu Jintao arrives in Washington on Tuesday, a day before a high-profile meeting with President Obama to discuss trade, currency and a host of other issues, including North Korea.

Chinese state media has reported that Hu will stress how a constructive, comprehensive partnership between the powers could be mutually beneficial and help ensure stability in Asia and worldwide despite differences between Beijing and Washington.

In addition to Obama, Hu is also scheduled to meet with top legislators and business executives. After Washington, Hu will make a stop in Chicago.

Wednesday's meeting between the leaders of the world's two largest economies has put the spotlight on criticism that the government-controlled People's Bank of China artificially undervalues the yuan, bringing down the cost of Chinese exports, which would give it an advantage in the international market.

Check out the complete story on CNN.com.

CNN's Elise Labott and Jennifer Rizzo lay out the major issues on the table.

CNN's Annalyn Censky explains out Why China Matters to the U.S. for CNNMoney.

Check out CNNWorld's special coverage about China and Hu's visit to the U.S.

Topics: China • President Obama • The News

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  1. P Bond - Ohio

    I was appalled by the photo accompanying the article "Hu, Obama Have Much To Discuss" that showed the red Chinese flag in the center and ABOVE two flanking American flags on a light pole in front of the White House. The following excerpt from the rules of display for the American flag clearly indicate that this was totally inappropriate:
    "With Other National Flags: When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height. The flags should be of approximately equal size. International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace."
    The symbolism of the White House display indicates to me an intent to place the American flag (and therefore, America) in a subordinate position to the Chinese flag. How much lower is this administration going to stoop! May Heaven help us before we become total subjects of communist China!

    January 20, 2011 at 12:02 am |
  2. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @P Bond-Ohio, Hey, we didn't mind being 'lendees' of communist China now did we? Owing someone automatically puts you in a subjective, precarious positition; at least until the loan is paid back. When you sell your soul to the devil, you are his, unless you CHANGE! We as AMERICANS have been notorious for having it our own way, at any cost; 'spinning' anything that may be indicative of the need for CHANGE; and rebuking anyone who may be suggesting CHANGE! It's no longer about symbolism; it's about CHANGE!

    January 21, 2011 at 9:51 am |