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China’s President Hu Tours Walter Payton Prep

China's President Hu Jintao delivers his remarks during a dinner in his honor at the Hilton Hotel ballroom Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

China’s President Hu Jintao delivers his remarks during a dinner in his honor at the Hilton Hotel ballroom Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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CHICAGO (AP/WBBM) – Chicago Mayor Richard Daley told Chinese President Hu Jintao that learning Chinese has been life-changing for some of the city’s public school students.

Hu and Daley visited Walter Payton College Preparatory High School on Friday on the second day of the president’s visit to Illinois.

“This should be a day for all of you to remember for the rest of your lives,” the mayor told the students.


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Daley says global awareness in schools produces graduates who will bring the jobs of the future to Chicago. He says a strong school system makes Chicago a more attractive location for businesses.

In brief remarks, Hu complimented the students at Walter Payton Prep and invited 20 faculty and students to visit China in the summer.

Chicago is the Chinese president’s only stop outside Washington, D.C., during this trip to the U.S.

Hu and Daley then traveled to a warehouse in suburban Woodridge where they met with business leaders from Chinese companies with operations in the Midwest.

Daley said Chicago and the Midwest look to be a “gateway for Chinese businesses” in the United States.

After Daley spoke, the president and the mayor toured about a dozen exhibits put on by the Chinese companies including banks, telecommunications companies and auto parts suppliers.

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