Hu Jintao: China's Puzzle of a President

Mao Zedong once described the Chinese people as "poor and blank." He saw these qualities as virtues, he said, because "on a blank sheet of paper free from any...

China's Democracy

When China's President Hu Jintao opened the Communist Party's pivotal 17th National Congress on Oct. 15, the 2,000-plus delegates probably didn't expect the...

Advantage Hu Jintao

Who says China's communist leaders have no sense of humor? When President Hu Jintao introduced the nation's new lineup of top leaders at the grand finale of...

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Photo Essays

Hu Jintao's Day at the White House

Photographer Brooks Kraft captures the Chinese President's historic meeting with President Obama Photographs by Brooks Kraft / Corbis for TIME

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Top 10 Memorable State-Dinner Moments

As President Obama and the First Lady prepare to host Chinese President Hu Jintao at an official state dinner, TIME takes a look back at other notable such meals...

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