Following his appearance in Washington, Chinese president Hu Jintao is headed for Chicago. The New Yorker's Evan Osnos asks why. "Why not?" one might reply, but Osnos searches for the real reason behind Hu's visit to the Windy City (other than perhaps a craving for deep dish pizza).
Once merely a blip on China's radar, Chicago has become an "unlikely, new favorite" of the country's leaders. Osnos offers a few suggestions for how Chicago suddenly grabbed China's attention, such as, "it’s the President’s home town; it’s the headquarters of Boeing, which just sold China $19 billion in airplanes; Illinois is also home to the U.S. operations of Wanxiang International, an auto-parts company that employs more Americans than any other Chinese company." But, he reveals, the real reason behind China's new love for Chicago is that Chicago loves China!
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