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Photo highlights: State Dinner with President Hu of China.



Jackie Chan and Yo-Yo Ma help welcome China's leader

Friday, 21 January 2011 | For Chinese-Americans in Washington, the only party in town on Wednesday night was the state dinner at the White House. The courtiers from the Chinese embassy and Hu Jintao's entourage from Beijing were joined by the glitterati of Chinese-American society.

The cellist Yo-Yo Ma is no stranger to the White House, having performed at Barack Obama's inauguration two years ago. The night was not strictly pleasure for the Paris-born musician, who performed three pieces from Western and Chinese composers after the dessert of balsamic ice-cream had been served.

While Yo-Yo Ma can certainly be counted among the highbrow guests at the dinner, not everyone fell into that category. Jackie Chan, the Hollywood star who lists The Tuxedo and Rush Hour Two among his acting credits, was also an invitees Like the Chinese Premier, the Hong Kong-born actor eschewed the black-tie dress code. BD Wong, the star of Seven Years in Tibet, was also among the Hollywood stars to attend.

Michelle Kwan may be symbolic of future ties. An Olympic silver medallist figure skater, Ms Kwan enjoys huge popularity in US, where she is counted among the country's leading sportswomen, and is well known in China.

Many business leaders were at the White House, but media tycoon Rupert Murdoch was too busy to join his Chinese-born wife Wendi Deng Murdoch at the White House. Designer Vera Wang was also a guest, and well placed to cast a critical eye over the First Lady's Alexander McQueen-designed dress.

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The Blue Room is seen in preparation for President Barack Obama's State Dinner for President Hu Jintao of the People's Republic of China, at the White House in Washington on January 19, 2011.






The menu of the state dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao is seen during the dinner at the State Dining Room of the White House January 19, 2011 in Washington, DC. Obama is hosting a state dinner for Hu's state visit to the United States this evening.









White House employees polish glasses in preparation to President Barack Obama's State Dinner for President Hu Jintao of the People's Republic of China, at the White House in Washington on January 19, 2011.



Jill Hornor (L) and cellist Yo Yo Ma (R) arrive at the White House for a state dinner 19, 2011 in Washington, DC.  President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are hosting resident Hu Jintao for a state dinner during his visit to the United States.



Michelle Kwan arrives for the state dinner hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for President of China Hu Jintao at the White House in Washington, January 19, 2011.



Actor James Brolin (L) and his wife singer Barbra Streisand arrive at the White House for a state dinner 19, 2011 in Washington, DC.  President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are hosting resident Hu Jintao for a state dinner during his visit to the United States.



Secretary of Commerce Gary F. Locke and his wife Mona Lock arrive at the White House for a state dinner 19, 2011 in Washington, DC.  U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are hosting resident Hu Jintao for a state dinner during his visit to the United States.



Jackie Chan arrives for the state dinner hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for President of China Hu Jintao at the White House in Washington, January 19, 2011.



Robert Iger (L) of Disney arrives with Willow Bay for the state dinner hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for President of China Hu Jintao at the White House in Washington, January 19, 2011.



U.S. Ambassador to China John Huntsman arrives with his wife Mary Kaye for the state dinner hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for President of China Hu Jintao at the White House in Washington, January 19, 2011.



Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and his wife Maggie Daley arrive at the White House for a state dinner 19, 2011 in Washington, DC.  President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are hosting resident Hu Jintao for a state dinner during his visit to the United States.



Wendi Deng Murdoch arrives for the State Dinner for President Hu Jintao of the People's Republic of China, at the White House in Washington on January 19, 2011.



Actor B.D. Wong makes a video of reporters as he arrives for the state dinner hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for President of China Hu Jintao at the White House in Washington, January 19, 2011.






US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive to welcome Chinese President Hu Jintao on the North Portico at the White House for State Dinner in Washington, DC, on January 19, 2011. Obama and Hu sparred over human rights but smoothed over sharp differences by making an economic and strategic case for working together.












U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet China's President Hu Jintao as he arrives for a State Dinner in his honor at the White House in Washington, January 19, 2011.

































US President Barack Obama listens as Chinese President Hu Jintao speaks during a State Dinner in the State Dinning Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 19, 2011. Obama and Hu sparred over human rights but smoothed over sharp differences by making an economic and strategic case for working together. On a long-awaited state visit, Hu made the unusual comment for a Chinese leader that "a lot" remained to be done on freedoms in China, but pointedly did not share Obama's view that basic human rights were "universal."









U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her husband former U.S. President Bill Clinton attend a State Dinner in honor of  President of China Hu Jintao at the White House in Washington, January 19, 2011.






Musician Herbie Hancock performs during a state dinner reception hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama for Chinese President Hu Jintao at the East Room of the White House January 19, 2011 in Washington, DC. Obama hosted a state dinner for Hu's state visit to the United States this evening.




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