WBEZ | Hu Jintao http://www.wbez.org/tags/hu-jintao Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en China's influence on Chicago http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/%5Bfield_program_ref-title-raw%5D/chinas-influence-chicago <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Daley Hu Jintao AP Chris Wallker.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>For American companies in search of new opportunities and greater profits all roads seem to lead to China. Recently, one of the largest solar panel producers in the United States announced it will shift its manufacturing operations to China and lay off hundreds of workers in the United States. That&rsquo;s a tough move when American unemployment remains above nine percent.<br /><br />So why then did both President Obama and Mayor Richard Daley roll out the red carpet for Chinese President Hu Jintao last week?</p><p><em>Eight Forty-Eight's</em> business contributor David Greising kept a close eye on those events and he joined host Alison Cuddy to talk more about our relations with China. Greising is also a reporter for the <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/" target="_blank">Chicago News Cooperative</a>.</p><p><em>Music Button: Bei Bei and Shawn Lee, &quot;The Ambush&quot;, from the CD Into the Wind, (Ubiquity) </em></p></p> Wed, 26 Jan 2011 15:58:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/%5Bfield_program_ref-title-raw%5D/chinas-influence-chicago Chinese President not welcome by all http://www.wbez.org/story/business/chinese-president-not-welcome-all <p><p>&nbsp;While city and business leaders will roll out the red carpet for Chinese President Hu Jintao for his arrival this afternoon, others are mounting a less welcoming reception.&nbsp;Protesters from the ranks of democracy and human rights activists, adherents to the banned Falun Gong religion, and supporters of a free Tibet are planning to protest Hu&rsquo;s visit to the city.</p> <div>Diane Liu, a freelance writer and democracy movement activist, says she&rsquo;s been very concerned by the eagerness of local and national officials to foster closer economic ties with the Chinese communist regime.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;I think now Western society already put human rights aside, and put economic interest higher than human rights,&rdquo; said Liu.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>She, herself, plans to be among those protesting Hu&rsquo;s presence at the Hilton Chicago tonight, where he and Mayor Daley will have dinner. Liu says she wants to see the Chinese government release all its political prisoners.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Liu says planning the protest has been tricky, because of misleading rumors about Hu's itinerary.&nbsp;Some suggested that Hu would be arriving earlier in the afternoon than publicized. Others even said his trip to Chicago had been cancelled. According to the Mayor&rsquo;s press office, Hu is expected to arrive in Chicago at 4:30pm.</div></p> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 20:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/business/chinese-president-not-welcome-all Who’s Hu? 10 facts about China’s Hu Jintao http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/who%E2%80%99s-hu-10-facts-about-china%E2%80%99s-hu-jintao <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//hu2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="283" width="400" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-20/hu2.jpg" alt="" title="" /></p><p>After a stop in Washington, D.C., Hu Jintao heads to Chicago as part of his presidential visit. Hu is planning on meeting Mayor Daley and local business leaders today.&nbsp; For those playing along, here&rsquo;s a quick primer on the Chinese leader.</p><p>1. Hu is a Sagittarius with a Gemini rising. Born in Taizhou, Jiangsu on 21 December 1942. Though some sources say he was born on December 25. <br /><br />2. He&rsquo;s 5&rsquo;8&rdquo;<br /><br />3. He came from a poor family though his father owned a tea trading business and was raised by an aunt after his mother died when he was seven years old. <br /><br />4. He was a good student, which was helped by his rumored photographic memory. <br /><br />5. Hu met his wife Liu Yongqing while studying hydraulic engineering at Beijing's Tsinghua University. They have a son and a daughter together&mdash;Hu Haifeng and Hu Haiqing. <br /><br />6. During the Cultural Revolution Hu worked technical jobs in the Gansu region. Here he met his mentor Song Ping, an elder in the communist party who helped him rise through the ranks. <br /><br />7. In 1992 he was appointed a member of the Secretariat of the CCP Central Committee, a post that allowed him to make more political ties. <br /><br />8. Hu was the first modern Chinese leader to start his political career after the 1949 communist revolution&mdash;he became Vice President of China in 1998, and President in 2003.<br /><br />9. Hobbies include table tennis, singing and ballroom dancing.<br /><br />10. One of Mr Hu's few recorded quotes is that success in life &ldquo;requires resolve, attention to concrete matters and courage in making decisions.&rdquo;</p><p><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 17:50:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/who%E2%80%99s-hu-10-facts-about-china%E2%80%99s-hu-jintao Chicago firms are key to China's global dreams http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/chicago-firms-are-key-chinas-global-dreams <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//108160961.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>&ldquo;China will be the world&rsquo;s largest economy, it hopes to change the world&rsquo;s currency regime, and it certainly has the public relations advantage right now,&rdquo; says Ted Fishman, a Chicago writer and author of &ldquo;China, Inc.&rdquo;</p><p>Chinese President Hu Jintao and a coterie of hundreds of Chinese businessmen arrived in Chicago on Thursay. Chicago is the only stop President Hu is making other than his visit to Washington, D.C. The mayor&mdash;and Chicago business leaders&mdash;see this as an enormous opportunity. Fishman talked about the significance of China&rsquo;s visit to Chicago on WBEZ&rsquo;s Worldview.</p><p>Fishman says we&rsquo;ve seen this kind of thing before. &ldquo;This is a playbook that the Japanese started.&rdquo; He says &ldquo;[China] saw that Japan bought its way out of a lot of tension by spreading big deals around and so they started doing this exact same thing.&rdquo;</p><p>A Chicago visit is significant, says Fishman, because it is &ldquo;the heart of America&rsquo;s industrial heartland&rdquo; and that the companies here are affected the most by China.</p><p>&ldquo;These are the crown jewels of our economy, the top of the knowledge economy and China has the market power to extract this,&rdquo; he says. China is interested in Chicago&rsquo;s firms, Fishman believes, because they can gain knowledge on how to run a global company.</p><p>Chicago companies are interested in expanding but also in making a profit if deals are struck. In fact, many companies here have already had to learn to do business with China on some level.</p><p>As far as longer term goals, Fishman says the U.S. would benefit from an investment strategy that goes beyond short term deals. <br /> <br />&ldquo;If China can plumb the Midwest that way, Chicago companies at the very top will do well,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;Those that aren&rsquo;t at the very top have to be very smart about their game plan.&rdquo;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 16:53:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/chicago-firms-are-key-chinas-global-dreams Obama Hails 'Mutual Respect'; Hu Pushes For 'Mutual Trust' http://www.wbez.org/story/around-nation/obama-hails-mutual-respect-hu-pushes-mutual-trust <p><p>Good morning.</p><p>The latest news about Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' recovery from the severe injuries she received in the Jan. 8 shooting rampage in Tucson, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/01/20/133073609/giffords-headed-to-houston-center-with-outstanding-reputation" target="_blank">as we just reported</a>, is that she's going to be flown to Houston tomorrow for treatment at one of the nation's best rehabilitation centers -- another good sign.</p><p>As for other stories making headlines this morning, they include:</p><p><strong>-- State Dinner</strong>: At the White House last night, President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hosted <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/01/20/133070954/a-jazzy-state-dinner-for-chinese-president-hu-jintao" target="_blank">a "jazzy" state dinner</a> for Chinese President Hu Jintao.</p><p>In their toasts, Obama said he and Hu were meeting "in a spirit of mutual respect" and spoke of "the values that our people share:  A reverence for family; the belief that, with education and hard work and with sacrifice, the future is what we make it; and most of all, the desire to give our children a better life."</p><p>Hu said the "purpose of my visit is to increase mutual trust, enhance friendship, deepen cooperation and advance the positive, cooperative and comprehensive China-U.S. relationship for the 21st century."</p><p>Yesterday, Hu conceded that "<a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/01/19/133058793/Obama-Hu-Discuss-Economic-Ties-Human-Rights" target="_blank">a lot still needs to be done</a> in China in terms of human rights." Today, as <em>The Washington Post </em>says, Hu will "<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/19/AR2011011905092.html?hpid=topnews" target="_blank">face critics on Capitol Hill</a>."</p><p><strong>-- Health Care:</strong> The Republican-led House <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/01/19/133050043/house-moves-toward-health-care-repeal-vote" target="_blank">voted yesterday to repeal </a>last year's health care overhaul legislation. Now, in part because the Democratic-led Senate isn't expected to do the same (and President Obama would veto any such effort), the <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0111/47863.html" target="_blank">focus on Capitol Hill shifts to part two</a> of the Republicans' promise -- to come up with an alternative on health care policy.</p><p>NPR's David Welna filed this report about the battle over health care policy for the network's newscast:</p><p><strong>-- Tunisia:</strong> As Tunisia struggles "to put together a functioning interim government nearly a week after President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali was overthrown, ... life in the streets seems to be returning to normal," Eleanor Beardsley <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/01/20/133059860/with-former-leader-out-tunisians-speak-freely" target="_blank">reported on <em>Morning Edition</em></a>. There is one exception, though, she adds. "There's a lot more talking going on. Cafes in the capital, Tunis, are packed with chattering coffee drinkers. Clusters of people engaged in animated discussions block the sidewalks. But unlike in the old days, no subject is taboo."</p><p><strong>-- Guantanamo Detainees:</strong> "The Obama administration is preparing to increase the use of military commissions to prosecute Guantánamo detainees, an acknowledgment that the prison in Cuba remains open for business after Congress imposed steep new impediments to closing the facility,"<em> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/20/us/20trials.html?_r=1&hp" target="_blank">The New York Times</a></em><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/20/us/20trials.html?_r=1&hp" target="_blank"> reports</a>. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1295531534?&gn=Obama+Hails+%27Mutual+Respect%27%3B+Hu+Pushes+For+%27Mutual+Trust%27&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=Hu+Jintao,National+News,Politics,Foreign+News,The+Two-Way,Around+the+Nation,World,U.S.,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=133073990&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110120&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 06:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/around-nation/obama-hails-mutual-respect-hu-pushes-mutual-trust Local business pins hope on Chinese presidential visit http://www.wbez.org/story/barack-obama/local-business-pins-hope-chinese-presidential-visit <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Hu Juntao Obamas state dinner - Getty Alex Wong.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Many in Chicago's business world are hoping that today&rsquo;s visit from Chinese President Hu Jintao will signal the beginning of a long and prosperous relationship with the Chinese mainland. &nbsp;Mr. Hu is expected with a large delegation of Chinese business leaders that are looking hungrily at the U.S. as a growth market.</p><p>But that relationship goes both ways, says Rita Athas of World Business Chicago. Athas says it&rsquo;s not just big Chicago-based companies that see growth opportunities in China, but small- and mid-sized companies, too. &ldquo;For example, Groupon, which is one of the big success stories right now, is looking at China as a new market for their internet company,&rdquo; says Athas. World Business Chicago will host a large business forum and networking event for Chicago and Chinese business leaders on Friday. Mr. Hu is not expected to attend that event.</p><p>Chicago is the only other U.S. city that Mr. Hu will visit after yesterday's day-long powow with President Obama in Washington.&nbsp;He will also tour Walter Payton College Preparatory High School, where students learn Chinese.&nbsp;At night, the Chinese head of state will attend a privately-sponsored gala dinner with Mayor Daley and Maggie Daley.&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 23:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/barack-obama/local-business-pins-hope-chinese-presidential-visit 'No Reasonable Prospect' Of Dollar Losing 'Reserve' Status, Geithner Says http://www.wbez.org/story/asia/no-reasonable-prospect-dollar-losing-reserve-status-geithner-says <p><p>As Chinese President Hu Jintao <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/01/18/132998826/u-s-china-leaders-to-focus-on-economic-frictions" target="_blank">begins a state visit to Washington</a>, among the issues on a lot of minds are the value of the Chinese yuan and whether Hu would like to see the dollar lose its status as the world's reserve currency.</p><p>In a conversation today with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner,<em> All Things Considered</em> co-host Robert Siegel asked about <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703551604576085803801776090.html?mod=WSJ_hp_MIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsTop" target="_blank">Hu's statement in <em>The Wall Street Journal</em></a> that "the current international currency system is the product of the past." Is that a sign that "it's a goal of China to replace the dollar as the currency used in world trade?" Robert asked.</p><p>"No, absolutely not and there's no reasonable prospect of that happening," Geithner said, in part because "China is a huge beneficiary of the system that exists today." Here's that part of their conversation:</p><p>Geithner also said that the U.S. wants China to "move faster" on boosting the value of the yuan, and that he believes China will do that because "it's in their interest to do so":</p><p>Finally, Geithner explained why he thinks the U.S.-China relationship is maturing:</p><p>Much more from their discussion is on today's<em> ATC</em>. <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/stations/stations/" target="_blank">Click here</a> to find an NPR station that broadcasts or streams the show. And we'll add the as-broadcast version of their conversation later today. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1295388434?&gn=%27No+Reasonable+Prospect%27+Of+Dollar+Losing+%27Reserve%27+Status%2C+Geithner+Says&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=dollar,Timothy+Geithner,China,Hu+Jintao,National+News,Foreign+News,Economy,The+Two-Way,Asia,Business,World,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=133026901&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110118&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c21=2&v21=D%3Dc2&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Tue, 18 Jan 2011 15:12:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/asia/no-reasonable-prospect-dollar-losing-reserve-status-geithner-says 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