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Chinese President Hu Jintao Impressed With Chicago (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 01/21/11 06:55 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:25 PM ET

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago's mayor courted Chinese President Hu Jintao on Friday during a whirlwind visit that included a tour of a local high school and stop at a business expo in an effort to boost economic ties between the world's second-largest economy and companies in Chicago and elsewhere in the Midwest.

"We in Chicago, we in the region, we in the Midwest want to act as a gateway for Chinese business investment into America, and at the same time we want to make sure that our businesses are a gateway into China as well," Daley said after squiring Hu to the expo where about a dozen Chinese businesses with operations in the Midwest had set up exhibits to show off their companies.

Hu was apparently impressed.

"These businesses have injected fresh momentum into the American economy and created jobs here. The Chinese government will continue to encourage our companies to do business and make investments here," Hu said through a translator.

Read more about the visit here.

Check out photos of Hu's Chicago trip here:

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China's President Hu Jintao arrives at O'Hare International Airport, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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