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TVInews - 112 Hu Jintao Dinner Party At Bill and Melinda Gates' High-Tech Home Makes Good Impression On China's President in Redmond, Washington. Henry Kissinger, China Expo 2006 attend festivities.
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Chinese President Hu Jintao, left, arrives at Seattle Airport and Microsoft's Redmond headquarters on Tuesday with chairman Bill Gates as Microsoft employees and China Expo2006 applaud. (AP/CCTV Photos) (April 18, 2006)

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Feature Story / Attending the Bill and Melinda Gates dinner party with China's President Hu Jintao in Redmond, Washington. included Henry Kissinger, and the CEOs of Lenovo Group Ltd., China's largest PC maker and China Expo2006.
The CEOs were celebrating the purchase of over $1.2 billion of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows software over the next year, and the up and coming Olympic. It was a sign of good faith as part of China's effort to curb piracy before the start of China's Olympic games in 2008.
The April 18th 2006 red carpet welcome at the Gates' futuristic home, featured a tour of Microsoft's ultra-wired "Home of the Future," was seen as a true genuine honor for Hu's being present. Hu told Gates he was both a fan and "friend of Microsoft."
Hu made the Seattle area his first stop on a three-day tour, which will include a meeting with President Bush on Thursday in Washington, D.C. Trade tensions are expected to take center stage.
Hu's Air China 747 touched down late Tuesday morning in Everett, Wash., at the complex where Boeing produces the jumbo jet. He was greeted by a parade of Pacific Northwest dignitaries, including Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire and Gary Locke, her predecessor, who was the nation's first Chinese American governor. Seattle moguls such as Howard Schultz, the Starbucks chairman, were also on hand to greet Hu, 63, and his wife, Liu Yongqing.
Arriving at Microsoft, Hu entered a conference center decorated with Chinese and American flags, and red banners with yellow Chinese characters that said he was "warmly welcome" at Microsoft.
During the tour, Hu saw a display screen that showed photographs of areas where he has worked and lived, according to a pool report of the tour filed by the Associated Press.
There were so many reporters and photographers present at the event, about 125 in all, many from Chinese news organizations, that there was no way to accommodate all of them for the tour itself, American and Chinese officials said.
In the kitchen of the Home of the Future, there was a recipe in Chinese for making focaccia.
Hu also watched a demonstration of a so-called Tablet PC, a personal computer that has a pen-like device for handwritten notes. Hu said that it was difficult to type some mathematical equations, and that a stylus could make it much easier to do such work on a computer, according to the pool report.
Greeting children from Seattle's John Stanford International School, who sang a song for him in Chinese, Hu wrote in Chinese characters on the Tablet PC: "Long live the Chinese-American friendship."
In brief remarks as he left with Gates, Hu said China would work to "protect intellectual property rights," a reference to software and film piracy, a major U.S.-China trade sticking point. Bootleg versions of Windows and major Hollywood films are widely available in China.
Hu was a guest Tuesday night for dinner at the home of Gates and his wife, Melinda, on Lake Washington. Gregoire was the official host of the event, which was attended by about 100 people. Some guests paid $20,000 for two invitations, with proceeds used to defray security costs and other expenses for Hu's visit. Among invitees who did not need to pony up were former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

Part 02 / BEIJING -- In the past, other visiting Chinese leaders have warmed American hearts by donning cowboy hats, dancing the hula and belting out renditions of "O Sole Mio," helping soften an impression of robot-like communist officials.
Image makers say China faces a tougher sell with President Hu Jintao, who lands in Seattle today on the first leg of a three-stop U.S. visit. Though China's fourth leader since 1949 is a serious, careful man with a near-photographic memory, spontaneity and off-the-cuff witticisms are not his strong suits.
Even close followers of Chinese politics can shed little light on Hu Jintao, the man who took over as Party leader in 2002 and is now president and military chief as well.
He has so far shown little of the charisma of his predecessors, or their idiosyncracies, and has sometimes appeared to follow rather than lead the party line.
Analysts agree that he has tried to give more consideration to the plight of ordinary people, and one of the key phrases associated with him has been "yi ren wei ben", or putting people first.
There has also been a little more openness, though Mr Hu has made clear he has no interest in going so far as countenancing Western-style political reform.
Hu Jintao was born in 1942, and he is the first leader whose party career began after the Communist takeover in 1949.
Official biographies say he was born in eastern Anhui province, and joined the party at the height of the Cultural Revolution in 1964 when he was studying hydroelectric engineering at Beijing's prestigious Qinghua University.
One entry - excised after he took over as Party chief - mentioned his liking for table tennis and ballroom dancing.
After graduating, he worked his way up through the ranks in the Ministry of Water Conservancy and Power.
Deng blessing
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3. Editor's Note / But Hu's entourage was greeted by several hundred flag waving fans.
President Hu's party career began to take off after Deng's rise to power in the late 1970s. He was one of several young administrators promoted rapidly because of their performance or patrons.
He served in key posts in some of China's poorest and most remote provinces, including Tibet and Guizhou.
When Mr Hu returned to Beijing, he took over key tasks such as handling personnel matters and supervising the ideological training of top officials.
The courses he introduced on market economics and good governance have led some to speculate that he is at heart a reformer.
Whatever his instincts, he has always been a faithful follower of the party line.
But in the Chinese context, Hu, 63, is seen as one of the country's more down-to-earth leaders, intent on easing the plight of China's 700 million peasants, and pictured in the state-run media eating dumplings with poor farmers at Chinese New Year.
"Hu spent Chinese New Year with the average Wangs, but I think he has better instincts about Chinese politics than American politics," said the Carnegie Endowment's Pei. "In China, where you don't vote, he plays the populist. In the United States, a democracy, he doesn't."
Hu is generally recognized as lacking flair compared with predecessors Deng Xiaoping, who donned a 10-gallon cowboy hat at a Texas rodeo in 1979, and Jiang Zemin, who swayed his hips with Hawaiian schoolchildren during a 1997 stop; donned minuteman garb at Williamsburg, Va.; and exercised his vocal cords with "O Sole Mio" at a 2002 luncheon in San Francisco. Nor does Hu have former Premier Zhu Rongji's charisma, humor or blunt repartee.
There are a few hints of personality in Hu's sanitized biographies, but not many. Born in 1942, Hu officially hails from Jixi, a town in Anhui province. But other published reports suggest his hometown was Shanghai, or perhaps Taizhou in Jiangsu province.
• • The discrepancy, according to one biography,
reflects efforts to distance Hu politically from his predecessor, Jiang, born in Jiangsu province, in a nation where regional associations remain strong.
Hu came from a family of businessmen, a stigma in communism's heyday. Former high school classmate Ju Hongfu said in a 2002 interview that Hu's family history forced him to try harder than others, given the stigma of having a shopkeeper for a father.
In a November 2002 interview, classmate Liu Bingxia recalled the young Hu as carefully controlled, studious and someone who always held his temper.
After an early interest in medicine, Hu chose hydraulic engineering upon entering Beijing's elite Tsinghua University in 1959 and developed a reputation as something of a "dancing prince charmer," according to a biography co-written by former aide Ren Zhichu. The dancing helped him catch the eye of classmate Liu Yongqing, his future wife.
Hu soon became active in the Communist Youth League and joined the party in 1964.
Early in his career he was also known to like singing. As he climbed the ladder, however, his reputation for conservative, cautious competence grew.
"I like to say his speeches don't spill a single drop of water, a perfect quality in the communist system," said one party member. "In China the more cautious you are, the better your chances are of climbing the ladder."
Hu worked during the Cultural Revolution at a large dam on the Yellow River. His career saw him spend eight years in Gansu province, three in Guizhou province and four in Tibet.
His assignments in some of China's poorest areas reportedly gave him an appreciation for the plight of those at the bottom of society. He also developed a reputation for meeting with farmers and hearing about their problems directly rather than relying on information filtered through party channels. When called upon, he showed his mettle &emdash; another key criterion for party leadership &emdash; by presiding over a crackdown in Tibet.
All that may not be an ideal background for the assignment that image makers now say Hu should pursue: looking as relaxed and approachable as possible on camera and speaking some English even if it's not perfect, to make a direct connection with Americans. Ideally, he should also find an opportunity to act spontaneously, preferably using a bit of self-deprecating humor, they say.
Such moves are not second nature to Chinese leaders, who rise through a top-down system that places a premium on ceremony, control and careful planning to maintain the dignity of the leader and, by extension, the nation.

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