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Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 01/22/2011

Hu Jintao wins the "Worst Week in Washington"

By Chris Cillizza

Chinese President Hu Jintao came to Washington this week and got an, um, uneven welcome.

On the one hand, he was feted by President Obama at a state dinner and huddled with various Democratic and Republican congressional leaders.

On the other, he was called a "dictator" by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Reid later backtracked) and was forced to face tough questioning on China's human rights record during a joint press conference with Obama.

As we write in our "Worst Week in Washington" piece for the Sunday Post newspaper:

"At a joint news conference with President Obama on Wednesday, Hu was challenged on China's human rights record by Bloomberg's Hans Nichols: 'First off, my colleague asked you a question about human rights, which you did not answer,' said Nichols, referring to a prior question by Ben Feller of the Associated Press. 'I was wondering if we could get an answer to that question.'

Ouch. Hu eventually fessed up that 'a lot still needs to be done in China, in terms of human rights.'"

You can read the whole piece here. And click here to see past "Worst Week" winners.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 22, 2011; 10:29 AM ET
Categories:  Worst Week in Washington  
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