President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed Chinese President Hu Jintao (with his back to the camera) during a State Arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, January 19, 2011. Hu said Wednesday he could see 'new progress' in his country's ties to the United States as he was welcomed to the White House by US leader Barack Obama.'Since President Obama took office with concerted efforts of the two sides, our cooperation in various fields has produced fruitful results and our relations have achieved new progress,' Hu said.

First lady Michelle Obama at the State arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House January 19, 2011 in Washington, DC. Obama and Hu are scheduled to meet in the Oval Office later in the day, hold a joint press conference and attend a State dinner.
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