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Obama hosts Hu as world powers seek common ground

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is granting a lavish welcome to Chinese President Hu Jintao (hoo jihn-tow) as the world's two top powers look for common ground on economic and security issues.

Hu arrived Tuesday in Washington for a four-day state visit.

He will hold talks with Obama on today and for the first time in 12 years, the U.S. president will host a state dinner for a Chinese leader at the White House.

Analysts say both Obama and Hu will be looking to tamp down mistrust.

Many Americans blame China for the high U.S. unemployment rate, and lawmakers are pushing legislation against Beijing's currency policy, which they say gives unfair help to Chinese exporters.
The two leaders also will discuss security concerns, including North Korea's nuclear program.

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