Friday, January 21, 2011

Chinese President Hu Jintao Comes to Chi & the Sloop

In case you missed the news this past week, a big international story has been taking place in Chicago and our South Loop neighborhood. China's President Hu Jintao came to the city yesterday and stayed at the Hilton Towers on South Michigan Avenue. If you were out and about in the Sloop, chance are you saw the effects of the president's visit.

Walking around the area you saw a lot of security, a lot of Chinese Flags and a lot of cold people.

Here is a video we found on YouTube outside of the hotel:

For those of you who are curious as to why the Chinese president was in Chicago:
Chinese President Hu Jintao took his roadshow to the U.S. Midwest, where executives from the two countries were set to sign up to 60 deals on Friday to
underscore the message that China is open for business.

Leaving behind the rancor of Washington where he was pressed on human rights and currency policy, Hu was feted by the Chicago elite at a gala dinner in U.S. President Barack Obama's hometown.

The Chinese leader was scheduled to wrap up his four-day state visit with stops at a school and a business exhibition.

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