Hu's Coming To Lunch

No thaw expected as China's leader visits Washington

When planning began in earnest last summer for this week's visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao to the U.S., Beijing was offered what, to other leaders, might seem tantalizing: the intimacy of a visit to the Bush ranch or Camp David. But the Chinese wanted the pomp of a formal White House welcome. And so they will get it--but with a "social lunch," not the state dinner they had desired. "We haven't had many state dinners," a White House official says, "and we think everything we do is special." Still, in the careful dance of diplomacy, such signals matter. The U.S....

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