WBEZ | Diane Liu http://www.wbez.org/tags/diane-liu Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 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