Jan 21 - Chinese President Hu Jintao visits Chicago, attends dinner with Mayor Daley. Julie Noce reports.
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Chinese President Hu Jintao is in the windy city, the last leg of his visit to the US.
After arriving at O'Hare international airport, Hu headed to a dinner with Mayor Richard Daley, a stalwart in US-Sino relations.
The city of Chicago is home to two 'chinatowns', more than 300 businesses with a presence in China, and about 12-thousand public school students who are learning Mandarin.
(SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE PRESIDENT HU JINTAO, SAYING:
"We want our relationship with China to grow even stronger and there has never been a better time to expand our connections. A visit such as this one helps us do that and perhaps even more importantly, it can lead to greater understanding among our cultures and greater friendships among our nations."
Hu's reception was mixed in the midwest.
Groups of anti-Hu protesters stood across the street from pro-Hu supporters.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) PHUNTSOK DORJEE A TIBETAN PROTESTER SAYING:
"There's no human rights so we're targeting Hu Jintao particularly. Otherwise we don't have any other ill feelings against the Chinese people. We have Chinese students across the street. We just consider them friends."
Later Friday, Hu plans to visit a school, and a Chinese-owned auto parts plant before heading back to China.
Julie Noce, Reuters
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