Chinese President Hu Jintao doesn't arrive in Washington until Tuesday, but that hasn't stopped lawmakers, pundits and other advocates from speculating on the messages to be gleaned from the upcoming talks.
After a challenging 2010 for the two nations, no doubt more than a handful of hot-button issues -- from pollution to economy to the ongoing row over jailed Nobel Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo -- are ripe for discussion, which has been highlighted by unusually frank commentary from senior U.S. officials.
Scheduled for Wednesday, Hu's long-awaited White House summit with President Obama will mark the eighth meeting between the two leaders, and it will be followed by a joint press conference during which the media will have unprecedented access to the usually press-shy Chinese leader. Later that day, Hu will reportedly attend a state dinner hosted by Obama, the first for a Chinese leader in 13 years.
See what Hu Jintao is expected to discuss with President Obama here: