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Obama holds welcome ceremony at White House in Hu's honor

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama held a grand ceremony Wednesday at the White House, welcoming Chinese President Hu Jintao for a state visit to the United States.

President Hu was greeted by Obama and his wife upon his arrival.

The two leaders inspected the guard of honor on the South Lawn of the White House

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were present at the ceremony.

Speaking at the ceremony, President Hu said that he came to the United States to increase mutual trust, enhance friendship, deepen cooperation and push forward the positive, cooperative and comprehensive China-U.S. relationship for the 21st century.


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