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Chicago’s Mayor Heads to China in Bid to Boost Tourism

Dec 23, 2013 10:30 am

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China is the fastest growing source of tourists to the U.S. and all major cities are aiming for the greatest share of incoming visitors. It amusing to see the outspoken Chicago mayor modify his ways to placate China.

— Samantha Shankman

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel addresses a crowd of teachers and politicans during an event to bring physical activity back to schools, hosted by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation in Chicago, Illinois, February 28, 2013. Jeff Haynes / Reuters


Mayor Rahm Emanuel is traveling to China to promote trade with Chicago and city tourism.

He’s set deliver remarks at Tsinghua University in Beijing on Monday morning and later at a Choose Chicago luncheon. He’s also scheduled to address the minister of commerce, vice mayors and leaders of several major Chinese cities to sign an agreement related to trade with Chicago.

City officials say the memorandum of understanding will establish Chicago “as a gateway for Chinese investment.”

Chicago officials have worked to strengthen with China before.

Earlier this year, former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley and an official from World Business Chicago met with Chinese business and government leaders to lure investment and jobs to Chicago.

Former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley hosted Chinese officials in Chicago in 2011.

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