By Conway Jones
Oakland mayor Jean Quan, and San Francisco mayor Edwin M. Lee, were among the more than 200 guests that joined President Barack Obama as he feted President Hu Jintao Of the People’s Republic of China with a state dinner at the White House.
President Hu and the Chinese delegation were greeted and toasted by former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn Carter as well as President Bill Clinton and his wife, Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Jazz icon, Herbie Hancock, was a guest and provided the evening’s entertainment.
President Hu acknowledged that both China and the United States are confronted with the arduous task of sustaining steady economic growth and achieving economic transformation. He said, “We both need to tackle the various challenges brought by economic globalization.”
President Obama said, “We’ve traded together for more than 200 years. We stood together in the Second World War.” He continued “Chinese immigrants and Chinese Americans have helped to build America, including many who join us here tonight.”
This was the eighth meeting of the two leaders. Our two nations are still struggling with issues of trade, monetary policy, security, and human rights.
The White House announced that $45 billion worth of U.S. – China business deals are in the preliminary stage which will produce 235,000 American jobs.