Jackie Chan to Attend White House State Dinner

Jackie Chan at the Golden Horse Film Awards in Taipei on Nov. 20, 2010. (PATRICK LIN/AFP/Getty Images) PATRICK LIN

Jackie Chan at the Golden Horse Film Awards in Taipei on Nov. 20, 2010. (PATRICK LIN/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK (CBS/AP) Hong Kong action film star Jackie Chan will be among the notable guests attending President Obama's state dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao tonight.

The black-tie affair will mark the third state dinner of the Obama Administration and the first official event in China's honor in 13 years.

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The evening's entertainment will be provided by jazz artists Peter Martin, Dianne Reeves and Herbie Hancock.

Also on the strictly A-list guest list: the newly inaugurated Chinese-American mayors of San Francisco and Oakland, Calif., Edwin Lee and Jean Quan, respectively. Also, Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif. Members of Obama's Cabinet with seats at the table include Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

Among those sitting this one out: House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who also declined past state dinner invites from Obama. Also taking a pass: Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., whose aides said they were traveling.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., an outspoken critic of China's human rights record throughout her career., is the only top congressional leader who accepted the invitation.

  • Joyce Lee

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