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Secretary Clinton’s Remarks at State Luncheon in Honor of Chinese President Hu Jintao *updated*

January 19, 2011

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SECRETARY CLINTON: Good afternoon and welcome to the State Department. Please be seated. We are delighted and honored to host such a distinguished gathering. Vice President Biden, Dr. Biden, and I welcome our special guests, especially President Hu Jintao and the distinguished members of the Chinese delegation. I am delighted to have this opportunity to welcome so many members of Congress and members of the President’s cabinet, including Secretary of Defense Gates, Attorney General Holder, Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack, Secretary of Commerce Locke, Secretary of Energy Chu, Secretary of Homeland Security Napolitano, and U.S. Trade Representative Kirk.

As you can tell, we are eating lunch a little late – (laughter) – so we are anxious to provide some nourishment to our guests who have traveled so far to be with us. And it is my pleasure now to introduce my friend and our Vice President, Vice President Biden. (Applause.)

Ps. Note to President Hu Jintao:

2 Comments leave one →
  1. HillaryFan permalink
    January 20, 2011 9:20 am

    I have a feeling we are going to see that Liu Xiaobo image a lot, huh Stacy 😉 Good for you. Behind all the pomp and circumstance lies the fact that China is brutally repressive and Obama is the only president to offer such an honor to a leader who keeps a Nobel Peace Prize winner in jail!

  2. January 20, 2011 8:25 pm

    I think many people don’t know that China executes more prisoners per year than the rest of the world combined. Regardless of what a person thinks of capital punishment, that’s a staggering statistic.

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