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Photo: Chuck Kennedy/White House --President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome President Hu Jintao of China to the White House for a State Dinner January 19, 2011

Photo: Chuck Kennedy/White House --President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome President Hu Jintao of China to the White House for a state dinner January 19, 2011

A glitzy state dinner for President Hu Jintao of China at the White House, last Wednesday. It was the first formal dinner for China in more than 13 years. The last one was during the Bill Clinton Administration.

At the affair, First Lady Michelle Obama dazzled in a gorgeous red and black gown by the late British designer, Alexander McQueen. The more than 200 guests dined on an American feast of Maine lobster, rib eye, double stuffed potatoes, and apple pie with ice cream for dessert.

Photo: Pete Souza/White House -- Jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater performed during a reception at a White House state dinner January 19, 2011

Photo: Pete Souza/White House -- Jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater performed during a reception at a White House state dinner January 19, 2011

 The entertainment  at the reception featured a jazz concert with performances by Grammy winners, Herbie Hanock and Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Photo: Pete Souza/White House -- (l-r) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, ex-President Bill Clinton, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, ex-President Jimmy Carter, Dr. Jill Biden, and V.P. Joe Biden listen to performances during a reception at a state dinner January 19, 2011

Photo: Pete Souza/White House -- (l-r) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, ex-President Bill Clinton, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, ex-President Jimmy Carter, Dr. Jill Biden, and V.P. Joe Biden listen to performances during a reception at a state dinner January 19, 2011

 Along with two ex-presidents and their wives, the guest list included entertainers Jackie Chan, Barbra Streisand, fashion designer Vera Wang, numerous politicians, business leaders, and human rights activists.

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