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Chinese President leaves for Washington to attend G20 summit on financial crisis

Chinese President Hu Jintao left for Washington on Friday afternoon to attend the G20 summit on financial markets and world economy at the invitation of U.S. President George W. Bush.

Following the G20 meeting, Hu will visit Costa Rica, Cuba, Peru and Greece from Nov. 16 to 26 at the invitation of the heads of states of the four countries.

Hu will also attend the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Peru, which is on Nov. 22-23.

Hu's entourage includes his wife Liu Yongqing, Vice Premier Wang Qishan, Ling Jihua, member of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and director of General Office of CPC Central Committee, Wang Huning, member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee and director of Policy Research Office of the CPC Central Committee, State Councilor Dai Bingguo, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Minister of Finance Xie Xuren, Minister of Commerce Chen Deming, Vice Minister in charge of the National Development and Reform Commission Zhu Zhixin, and China's central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan.

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