At the invitation of US President George W. Bush, President Hu Jintao arrived in Seattle, Washington State on April 18, 2006 for a four-day state visit to the United States.
Hu arrived in Paine Field Airport of Seattle by a special plane at 10:50 local time. Hu and his wife Liu Yongqing were warmly welcomed at the airport by Governor of Washington State Christine Gregoire and US Ambassador to China Clark T. Randt Jr. and other US officials, members of parliament, representatives of Boeing and Microsoft as well as other people from the business community.
Hu indicated in a written speech delivered at the airport that the beautiful city of Seattle in Washington State is the first stop of his visit to the US. Well-known for their gorgeous environment and robust economy, Washington State and Seattle are often referred to as "the evergreen state" and "the city of jade" and have been serving as important windows of the US to China and Asia. The recent years witnessed fast expansion of economic and trade exchanges and mutually beneficial cooperation between Washington State and Seattle and China, heavily contributing to the development of China-US relations and the friendly exchanges between the people of the two countries.
Hu pointed out that as two great nations, China and the US enjoy broad common interests and a solid foundation of cooperation, and share the responsibility of promoting world peace and development. Sound, stable and developing China-US relations not only benefit both peoples, but also the peace, stability and prosperity of Asia-Pacific and the world at large.
Hu said with the joint efforts of China and the US, bilateral relations are developing with a sound momentum. He is looking forward to exchanging views with President Bush on China-US relations and major issues concerning the common interests of both countries. He will also meet with people from various communities extensively to enhance the mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples.
He said he believed the visit will help generate greater progress in promoting China-US constructive cooperative relations.
Chinese Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong and the staffs of Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco as well as local Chinese compatriots also went to the airport to meet President Hu.
State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan and other members of the entourage arrived by the same plane.
The US is the first leg of President Hu's current visit. He will also pay state visits to Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Nigeria and Kenya.