Chinese President Hu Jintao ran the gauntlet of human rights protesters in Chicago, the hometown of his US counterpart, as the leader’s state visit draws to a close.
Chicago is the financial heart of the Midwest of the US, a region that produces many products for export to China.
Despite the business nature of the trip, Tibet was on the minds of the demonstrators: “We are especially targeting Hu Jintao because he is the one who imposed martial law in Tibet in 1989 when hundreds of Tibetans were killed at the time and our brothers and sisters tortured,” said one.
In Beijing the state visit has gone down well, especially the White House welcome and state banquet.
However, Chinese state media has largely ignored the problem areas such as currency questions and human rights.
No such problem for Taiwanese media, which produced an animated film called “Hu Jintao Jets to Washington,” which portrayed Hu as a rude visitor and Obama as a grovelling host.