President to meet Chinese officials, astronauts

Timothy Geithner, Wang Qishan
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, left, shakes hands with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan prior to having lunch on the sidelines of the G-20 High Level Seminar on the international monetary system in Nanjing, China on March 31.Nelson Ching / AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

President Barack Obama meets Monday behind closed doors with top officials at high-level talks between the U.S. and China.

The evening meeting at the White House will include Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan and State Councilor Dai Bingguo.

The gathering will cap a day of talks at the State Department, the Department of the Interior and the Treasury Department. The talks conclude Tuesday.

The annual meetings have been broadened this year to cover foreign policy.

Earlier in the day, the president will meet with the crew of the space shuttle Discovery, which returned from its final mission in March.