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PacNet #15 – Hu’s Not Coming to Dinner, but …

In his first official visit to Washington D.C. on April 20, Chinese President Hu Jintao is not coming to a White House dinner. Nor is the Bush-Hu summit expected to yield any breakthrough in many areas of the closely intertwined but somewhat strained bilateral relationship. Thirty-five years after the “ping pong diplomacy” that lead to Richard Nixon’s path-breaking 1972 visit to China, the official visit of China’s fourth-generation leader is perhaps among the least anticipated in U.S.-China relations.