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Hu, Obama to discuss North

The White House said Tuesday that tensions on the Korean Peninsula will be among the major topics at the crucial Sino-U.S. summit in Washington to be held yesterday.

Also high on the agenda are Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the Chinese currency and human rights.

“There are a whole host of issues and topics that we anticipate the two leaders will discuss ... before meeting with you guys,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters. “You mentioned Iran and North Korea in the security basket; I’d say currency and trade in the economic basket; and the very important issue and real issue of human rights.”

Chinese President Hu Jintao was to give a rare joint press conference at the White House after meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama Wednesday with two reporters each from the U.S. and Chinese sides asking questions, according to White House officials.

Hu began a three-day state visit with a private dinner with Obama at the White House late Tuesday. He then was to attend a 21-gun salute ceremony given to state visitors and have a meeting with Obama yesterday before attending a luncheon at the State Department hosted by Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary Hillary Clinton.

Also yesterday, Hu was to visit a new Chinese embassy complex and attend a state dinner at the White House. Today, Hu will visit congressional leaders on Capitol Hill and give a speech to business leaders before leaving for Chicago.

“You heard, again, [Treasury] Secretary [Timothy] Geithner discuss the steps on currency that need to take place and in the role that the Chinese have to play in that region of the world in dealing with countries like North Korea,” Gibbs said.

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