President Obama caps his work day Thursday at dinner with a prominent visitor: President Xi Jinping of China.

The private dinner at Blair House opens a state visit by Xi that is dominated by American-Chinese tensions.

The Obama administration has accused China of cyber espionage on the U.S. government and on private American companies. It has also protested the Chinese military build-up in the South China Sea.

China, meanwhile, has accused the U.S. of spying on it, and interfering in internal manners.

The dinner is designed to provide a low-key opening for Xi’s visit. Substantial meetings — and a state dinner — are scheduled for Friday.

Also on Obama’s agenda Thursday: A meeting with members of the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

The president is scheduled to sign a citation honoring public health officials “who participated in the Ebola containment efforts in West Africa,” according to the White House scheduled.

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