CNN Wire Staff
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden welcomed Chinese President Hu Jintao to the White House in a formal arrival ceremony Wednesday morning.
The Chinese leader's limousine pulled up to the White House South Portico shortly after 9 a.m., where he was met with a military honor guard and review - part of the traditional pomp and circumstance reserved for visiting leaders of major powers.
Obama hailed Hu's visit as a chance to lay a foundation for the next 30 years of Sino-American relations.
"At a time when some doubt the benefits of cooperation between the United States and China, this visit is ... a chance to demonstrate a simple truth," Obama said. "We have an enormous stake in each other's success. In an interconnected world, in a global economy, nations - including our own - will be more prosperous and more secure when we work together."
Obama also alluded to the importance of human rights - a traditional point of contention in relations between Washington and Beijing.
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