Rolling out the red carpet

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 19 January, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 January, 2011, 12:00am

JAN 18

Hu lands at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington and heads to a private dinner with Obama at the White House

JAN 19

White House welcoming ceremony on the South Lawn, including a military honour guard and 21-gun salute

Meetings with Chinese and US business executives

Joint press conference in the White House East Room

Lunch at the US State Department hosted by US Vice-President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill

Tour of the White House

Black-tie state banquet at the White House followed by after-dinner entertainment programme

JAN 20

Visit to Capitol Hill for a meeting with Republican and Democratic congressional leaders, including heads of key committees

Lunch address to the US-China Business Council

Leaves Washington for Chicago

Dinner hosted by Chicago Mayor Richard Daley

JAN 21

Visit to a Confucius Institute and Walter Payton College Preparatory High School, as well as meetings with Chinese groups

Leaves for Beijing