WBEZ | diplomat http://www.wbez.org/tags/diplomat Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Quinn mourns death of U.S. diplomat killed in Afghanistan http://www.wbez.org/news/quinn-mourns-death-us-diplomat-killed-afghanistan-106543 <p><p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he&rsquo;s mourning the death of a U.S. diplomat from Chicago&rsquo;s western suburbs.</p><p>Anne Smedinghoff, 25, died Saturday in Afghanistan when the group she was traveling with was attacked by a suicide car bomber. The group was on its way to donate textbooks to students.</p><p>Quinn said Smedinghoff was brave and devoted to improving the lives of others.</p><p>&ldquo;She understood that social justice is why we&rsquo;re here on this Earth. That&rsquo;s why she was so far away in Afghanistan trying to help everyday people, especially children,&rdquo; Quinn said Sunday. &ldquo;So her loss is a loss for our whole world.&rdquo;</p><p>Quinn noted that Smedinghoff graduated from his alma mater, Fenwick High School.</p><p>Federal officials haven&rsquo;t released the names of the four others killed in the attack that killed Smedinghoff. She is the first American diplomat to die on the job since last year&rsquo;s attack in Benghazi, Libya.</p></p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 14:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/quinn-mourns-death-us-diplomat-killed-afghanistan-106543 Chinese Presidential visit may lead to improved relations between the U.S. and China http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/chinese-presidential-visit-may-lead-improved-relations-between-us-and-china <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/93105704.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chinese President Hu Jintao is set to travel to the U.S. next week for the first state visit by a Chinese president since 1997. It&rsquo;s been called by some the most important visit by a Chinese official in the past 30 years.</p><p>Earlier this week in China, President Hu met with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates to discuss military relations. If successful, Hu&rsquo;s visit to Washington could set an agenda for U.S.-China relations for years to come.</p><p><a href="http://carnegieendowment.org/publications/index.cfm?fa=view&amp;id=42219">Douglas Paal</a> is vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He served as director of Asian affairs on the National Security Council under President Reagan. Paal likes the idea of a U.S.-China summit because he says it&rsquo;s an &ldquo;action forcing event.&rdquo; <br />&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 17:31:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/chinese-presidential-visit-may-lead-improved-relations-between-us-and-china