18 January 2011
Last updated at 13:32 ET
Chinese President Hu Jintao kicks off a four-day US visit with a rare private dinner at the White House with President Barack Obama.
Taiwan's military holds live-fire exercises, as Chinese President Hu Jintao travels to the US for a state visit.
Floodwaters in Australia's Victoria state split the town of Horsham in two as the body of a young boy is found in another flood-hit town.
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