The President of China is to meet his US counterpart at the White House today. The talks with George W. Bush have been touted as the highlight of Hu Jintao’s four day visit to the United States. The leaders are expected to talk about trade and currency issues, but also broach the subjects of Iran’s nuclear programme and Taiwan’s hopes for independence from China. Hu’s trip has been dominated by trade issues.Yesterday he visited a Boeing plant outside the city of Seattle. Addressing employees at the aerospace giant Hu reminded them that China planned to buy some 2000 new planes over the next 15 years. The Chinese President began his first official trip to the US on Tuesday and was hosted by Microsoft founder Bill Gates – where Hu pledged to continue to strive in his country’s battle against software piracy. During his stop-over in Seattle protests were held over China’s policy towards Tibet and Taiwan – more demonstrations are expected today in Washington.