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CHICAGO – Mayor Richard M. Daley greeted President Hu Jintao of the People’s Republic of China at O’Hare International Airport for the President’s first visit to Chicago.
President Hu was presented with flowers by Mayor Daley’s grandchildren, Maggie and Jack, who greeted the President in Chinese.
Also in the welcoming party were two Chicagoans -- Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement and Christina Tchen, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement -- and Chris Lu, Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary.
The two-day visit to Chicago follows the State Visit by the Chinese President to Washington, D.C., where he met with President Barack Obama earlier this week.
President Hu’s visit will highlight the importance of expanding cooperation between the United States and China and will focus on education and economic development.
“We are excited to share with President Hu all that makes Chicago a wonderful place for our residents and visitors alike. We look forward to continuing to build a relationship that advances the common interests and shared concerns of China and Chicago and establishes Chicago as the Chinese economic ‘Gateway to America’,” Daley said.
The Mayor and Mrs. Daley will host President Hu at a dinner tonight at the Hilton Chicago.
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