The Obamas welcome the President and First Lady of the Republic of Korea Thursday
October 12th, 2011
06:52 PM ET

The Obamas welcome the President and First Lady of the Republic of Korea Thursday

The state visit for the President and the First Lady of the Republic of Korea begins Thursday. Besides high level meetings between the two leaders, First Lady Michelle Obama will bring her counterpart to a school in Northern Virginia and an elegant state dinner is planned.

Here is a great story  from CNN Producer Larry Lazo about forging diplomatic ties on another level.

Establishing goodwill and building on an already strong foundation. That was the motive behind the "Taste of Korea" event in Washington.

A number of activities were held to help foster better understanding between Korean and American cultures. Youngsters enjoyed everything from a cooking lesson and arts and crafts to live music and a martial arts demonstration.

Twenty middle school students from Alice Deal Middle School in Washington were invited to the festivities. They were joined by twenty Korean American students – all of them children of employees of the Embassy of Korea.

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January 19th, 2011
10:17 PM ET

Panda diplomacy continues under Obama

Washington (CNN) - While the talks between President Obama and President Hu may not have produced major headlines from topics such as currency and trade,  there was news about the National Zoo’s beloved pandas.

In the toasts at the State Dinner, President Obama announced that the pandas can extend their visit to the zoo for a little longer. In speaking of the ways that the U.S. and China were working together, Mr. Obama said, “under a new agreement, our National Zoo will continue to dazzle children and visitors with the beloved giant pandas.”

“This new five year agreement marks the next great phase for the giant panda program at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, said Director Dennis Kelly. We realized several significant scientific breakthroughs over the past ten years and now we’ll be able to continue our panda breeding efforts here and focus on the next conservation challenges giant pandas face in the wild. We know Americans love Mei Xiang and Tian Tian so it is an honor to have them stay with us for a while longer.”

Topics: China • State Visit • The Buzz
January 18th, 2011
08:20 PM ET

Pomp before policy as President Hu arrives

ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, MD (CNN)-  The white 747 with blue stripes and adorned with a flag landed at Andrews Air Force Base Tuesday afternoon, bringing a president to Washington. But this time it was an Air China jet  stopping in Air Force One's usual parking spot, to begin an official state visit by President Hu.

The real story of the Hu visit will be the serious topics up for discussion away from carefully choreographed ceremonies: trade, currency, and security. Each is an issue without easy answers. But even with one of America's most complicated relationships, policy talks start with protocol. FULL POST

Topics: China • President Obama • State Visit