POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 11, 2011
LAST UPDATED: 1:54 a.m. HST, Nov 11, 2011
Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in Honolulu on Thursday amid little fanfare but with the expected traffic delays as his motorcade made its way from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam into Waikiki.
Hu and his wife, Li Yongqing, were greeted at Hickam by a delegation of officials including U.S. State Department Deputy Chief of Protocol Gladys Boluda, along with Zhang Yesui, the Chinese ambassador to the United Nations, and Deng Hong Bo, the Chinese deputy chief of mission and minister.
Hu stepped off the Air China jetliner at about 8:36 a.m. as a light rain fell and, after greeting about a dozen people, entered his limousine for the brief ride to Waikiki. The Chinese delegation is believed to be staying at the Sheraton Waikiki.
Hu's agenda while in Honolulu for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit will focus on job creation in green industries, energy security and expanding regulatory cooperation and advancing regulatory convergence, a government official said earlier this week.
According to China's official Xinhua News Agency, Wu Hailong, assistant foreign minister of China, said at a press briefing this week that Hu will call for "improving global economic governance, shifting the growth method, promoting economic globalization and regional economic integration."
Hu arrived hours before U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered a speech in which she said the Obama administration was committed to building a positive and cooperative relationship with China.
"Expanding our common interests is essential," she said in her speech at the East-West Center in Manoa.
Clinton added that the U.S. would look to the Chinese government to "intensify dialogue" between civilian and military officials "to have an open and frank discussion on the most sensitive issues."
Both Clinton and Hu will attend APEC meetings throughout the weekend.