In response to this photo from Yuan Nong (General Manager for Jackie in China and Chairperson of JCCF Beijing) on Sina's Weibo Jackie noted:
I feel very proud to be Chinese
The best-dressed man at the dinner, hands down, was martial arts movie mogul Jackie Chan, in a buttonless, open black jacket and high-collared white shirt with no tie. He carried a large camera to take groupie pix, and said he'd spent to morning hoping to hear some news about the American and Chinese film industries.
Joking to reporters, actor Jackie Chan said, "it was a long walk".
Pointing to his camera, he said "want to take photos".
And let's hope his photos make an appearance in a diary entry very soon.
For a good brief summation of the evenings events and guests:
President Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao toasted U.S. and Chinese collaboration and mutual interests on Wednesday night at a festive state dinner for 225 guests at the White House.
Their toasts marked the high point of an evening notable for its strict adherence to the protocol and symbolism valued in Chinese culture, but which, at the same time, managed to fulfill the Chinese delegation's request for a thoroughly American dinner party.
Guests dined on a meal of pear salad, lobster, ribeye steak and apple pie for dessert, all of which were complimented by American wines.
In his remarks, Obama noted that despite "differences of culture and perspective," America shares with China "a reverence for family," and a "belief that, with education and hard work and with sacrifice, the future is what we make it." Obama also shared the news of a new agreement under which Washington's National Zoo "will continue to dazzle children and visitors with [China's] beloved giant pandas."
Speaking after Obama, Hu alluded more directly to bilateral discussions that have taken place over the past two days, noting through a translator that the U.S. and China had reached an "important agreement" earlier in the day to "increase contacts at the top … levels, strengthen strategic mutual trust … and step up communication and coordination on international and regional issues."
In a reference to some of the more contentious issues addressed during his visit, Hu said that both nations agreed that "we should respect each other’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and the development interests," and "properly handle differences and frictions."
The guest list represented a broad array of distinguished Chinese Americans, as well as statesmen, lawmakers, business leaders, and key members of Obama's administration.
In addition to former Presidents Carter and Clinton, former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and George Shultz were in attendance, as was actor Jackie Chan, cellist Yo Yo Ma, and designer Vera Wang. Also on the guest list was legendary performer Barbra Streisand; Vogue editor Anna Wintour; philanthropist Wendi Murdoch, the wife of News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.). Members of Obama's administration in attendance at the dinner included Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, and newly appointed White House Chief of Staff William Daley.
Notably absent were Republican House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), all of whom declined to attend.
First Lady Michelle Obama's choice of a red, one-shouldered gown was viewed by many as an homage to the symbolism of the color red in Chinese culture, as well as a nod to the late British designer Alexander McQueen, whose label designed it.
After dinner, a reception featuring American jazz music kept guests up well past 9 p.m., grooving to the sounds of Herbie Hancock, Chris Botti, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, players from the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz, and a special performance from world-renowned classical pianist Lang Lang.
NEWS.163.COM Includes some photos at the end of the slideshow of the dinner itself.