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...

Will Obama and Hu Jintao Find Middle Ground?

One Chinese saying about the country's ties with the U.S. goes like this: the U.S. and China are too dependent on one another for their relationship to be...

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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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