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Posted at 4:28 PM ET, 01/14/2011

While bankers lobby for seats to Hu Jintao state dinner, Oakland mayor confirms invite

By Ariana Eunjung Cha

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Edwin Lee, interim mayor of San Francisco, poses with Oakland Mayor Jean Quan at San Francisco City Hall in January. (Photo Credit: By Paul Sakuma/Associated Press)

The mayor of the Northern California city of Oakland is the first known guest of the Chinese president's state dinner at the White House next week.

Jean Quan told Oakland Local that she will take interim San Francisco mayor Edwin Lee, who is also Chinese American, as her date.

"I'm very honored," Quan said. "And if I get a chance, I'm going to ask [Hu] about our pandas."

The White House is keeping the final guest list hush-hush until Wednesday afternoon, a few hours before the dinner, but Politico's Morning Money reports that top bankers have been jockeying for an invite to the state dinner. "Sources say top bank executives lobbied the West Wing nonstop for seats and the chance to win favor with the world's rising economic power," according to reporter Ben White.

By Ariana Eunjung Cha  | January 14, 2011; 4:28 PM ET
Categories:  China, White House  
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