Ne-Yo, Lobster, Lamb on menu for China state dinner

President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk at the White House on Sept. 25, 2015. (Source: ABC News/Pool)

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) – After a tense day of meetings, there’s nothing like unwinding over a good meal.

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That’s what White House party planners have in mind for President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Friday night’s state dinner.

The dinner decor includes a 16-foot scroll depicting two roses that are supposed to symbolize “a complete meeting of the minds.”

That may be somewhat aspirational, given the sharp differences between the U.S. and China on a range of issues.

But for guests lucky enough to attend such an exclusive event, policy clashes may well be beside the point.

They’re happy to enjoy the best the White House has to offer. That includes a dinner of lobster and lamb, and entertainment by R&B singer Ne-Yo.

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