In Photos: The Official China State Visit


This week, President Obama welcomed His Excellency Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, to the White House for an official State Visit. This reciprocates President Obama’s State Visit to China in November 2014, making it the tenth state affair of the Obama administration.

“Our work together — to increase our trade, boost the global economy, fight climate change and prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon — shows that when the United States and China work together, it makes our nations and the world more prosperous and more secure.” — President Obama to Chinese President Xi Jinping

School children wait with other guests prior to the State Arrival ceremony for President Xi Jinping of China on the South Lawn of the White House, Sept. 25, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)
Honor Guard stands ready prior to the ceremony. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
Secretary of State John Kerry talks with Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden as they and other Cabinet Secretaries and the Chinese delegation wait for the ceremony to start. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk out of the White House for the start of the ceremony. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
The President and First Lady await President Xi and Madame Peng Liyuan’s arrival. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama and the First Lady greet President Xi and Madame Peng Liyuan. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama and President Xi listen to the U.S. national anthem. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama and President Xi review the troops. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)
President Obama and President Xi greet school children after reviewing the troops. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
An overhead view as President Obama and President Xi watch the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama and President Xi watch the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)
President Obama and President Xi look over to the First Ladies during President Obama’s remarks. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
President Obama delivers remarks. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama concludes his remarks and turns the podium over to President Xi for remarks. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama and the First Lady escort President Xi and Madame Peng into the White House after remarks. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
President Obama and President Xi walk onto the Blue Room Balcony to conclude the State Arrival Ceremony. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama, the First Lady, President Xi, and Madame Peng wave to guests from the Blue Room Balcony. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
President Obama and President Xi talk in the Blue Room following the State Arrival Ceremony. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Vice President Biden talks with Secretary Kerry, Brian Deese, and Amb. Max Baucus outside the Oval Office. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
The First Lady and Madame Peng watch students from Yu Ying Public Charter School perform at the National Zoo. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)
The First Lady and Madame Peng participate in a ceremony to name the baby panda at the National Zoo. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)
President Obama and President Xi walk along the Colonnade to the Oval Office. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
President Obama and President Xi talk during their restricted bilateral meeting in the Oval Office. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The Vice President jokes with President Xi at the conclusion of the restricted bilateral meeting. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama and President Xi participate in an expanded bilateral meeting in the Cabinet Room. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama and President Xi depart the Oval Office prior to a joint press conference in the Rose Garden. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama and President Xi participate in a press conference in the Rose Garden. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
Members of the Chinese delegation listen to remarks during the joint press. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama listens to President Xi deliver remarks. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama bids President Xi farewell from the White House. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Table setting in place for the State Dinner in the East Room. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)
The White House Kitchen staff prepare for the State Dinner. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)
Wait staff walk through the East Room. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)
Kitchen staff prepare desserts. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)
President Obama and the First Lady wait on the North Portico for the arrival of President Xi and Madame Peng. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama and Mrs. Obama greet President Xi and Madame Peng on the North Portico steps upon their arrival. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
President Obama, Mrs. Obama, President Xi and Madame Peng pose for photos on the North Portico. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
President Obama and President Xi descend the Grand Staircase. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama introduces President Xi to former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the Blue Room. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama, the First Lady, President Xi, and Madame Peng participate in a receiving line in the Blue Room. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the start of the State Dinner. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
President Xi of China toasts President Obama. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama talks with guests during the dinner. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
A violinist from the Marine Band plays during dessert. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Mrs. Obama delivers remarks thanking the chefs. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
From left, Pastry Chef Susie Morrison Executive, Sous Chef Mary Attea, guest Chef Anita Lo, and Executive Chef Cris Comerford, and listen to the First Lady’s remarks. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The principals walk down the Great Hall prior to the entertainment. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Ne-Yo performs in the State Dining Room. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Ne-Yo greets President Xi following his performance. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama and the First Lady watch as President Xi and Madame Peng’s motorcade departs from the South Portico. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The First Lady hugs Social Secretary Deesha Dyer following the State Dinner. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)