WASHINGTON Jan 13 (Reuters) - Chinese President Hu Jintao's state visit to the United States takes place Jan. 18-21.
Many details about Hu's itinerary are closely held but here are the highlights of his trip:
TUESDAY, JAN. 18
Hu arrives late in the day and attends a private dinner with President Barack Obama at the White House.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 19
-- Arrival ceremony on the South Lawn.
-- Series of bilateral meetings at the White House; Obama and Hu will also drop by a meeting of Chinese and U.S. business executives.
-- Joint press conference with Obama in the White House East Room.
Luncheon at the U.S. State Department hosted by Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill.
Formal state dinner at the White House.
THURSDAY, JAN. 20
-- Hu visits Capitol Hill for meeting with Republican and Democratic congressional leaders, including heads and ranking members of key committees.
-- Departs for Chicago. Chicago leg is likely to include a visit to a Chinese-owned auto parts plant but it is unclear whether that will be on Thursday or Friday.
FRIDAY, JAN. 21
Hu departs Chicago, ends U.S. trip. (Compiled by Caren Bohan and Paul Eckert; editing by Anthony Boadle) (firstname.lastname@example.org; +1 202 898 8300; Reuters Messaging: email@example.com))