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President Hu may hear it from some critics today

WASHINGTON (AP) - As China's leader continues a state visit to the United States, there's word that his country's economy accelerated in the last quarter of 2010 -- expanding at a blockbuster rate of 10.3 percent for the year.

Inflationary pressures, though, may force Beijing to slow the economy more aggressively.

In Washington, meanwhile, President Hu Jintao (hoo jin-tow) goes to Capitol Hill to meet with U.S. lawmakers - including some who skipped last night's state dinner and have been deeply critical of China's government.

Hu will then address business leaders in Washington. Many U.S. manufacturers have accused China of undervaluing its currency, making its exports cheaper at the expense of those from the U.S., contributing to high U.S. unemployment.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called Hu "a dictator" in an interview yesterday, although he later tried to recant the comment.


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