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Nuclear summit

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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and China's President Hu Jintao attend a joint press conference in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 17, 2009. The major challenges of the 21st Century from climate change to nuclear proliferation to economic recovery are challenges that touch both our nations, and challenges that neither of our nations can solve by acting alone, Obama said. UPI/Stephen Shaver
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and China's President Hu Jintao attend a joint press conference in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 17, 2009. "The major challenges of the 21st Century from climate change to nuclear proliferation to economic recovery are challenges that touch both our nations, and challenges that neither of our nations can solve by acting alone," Obama said. UPI/Stephen Shaver | License Photo

BEIJING, April 1 (UPI) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao will participate in a nuclear security summit being convened this month in Washington, Beijing announced.

Hu's attendance was in question due to China's issues with recent U.S. decisions including the sale of arms to Taiwan and President Barack Obama meeting with the Dalai Lama, and U.S. reaction to Chinese actions such as Internet censorship and refusal to adjust currency rates.

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The announcement by China's Foreign Ministry came as Chinese officials met with Iranian nuclear officials. China is one of the holdouts on U.S. wishes for increased sanctions against Tehran regarding its nuclear program. Beijing, however, has apparently agreed to entertain a new U.N. Security Council resolution on the Iranian program.

The April 12-13 summit is a follow on a line from Obama's State of the Union speech in which he said more than 40 countries would gather with the intention to increase security measures so nuclear weapons can't get into the hands of militants.