Daley to travel to China next week

Chinese President Hu Jintao, left, and Chicago mayor Richard Daley visit Walter Payton College Preparatory School in Chicago on Friday, Jan. 21, 2011. China's commerce minister says he foresees Midwestern states playing a big role in future trade between his country and the United States. Chen Deming spoke Friday at the U.S.-China Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum in Chicago. He says Midwest states' agricultural and manufacturing products are a strong complements to China. He also said Chinese investment in the region could help boost the U.S. economy. (AP Photo/ Chris Walker, Pool)

March 10, 2011 4:43:46 PM PST
Mayor Richard M. Daley heads back to China next week to lead a delegation of business and civic leaders from Chicago.

The mayor's office says the goal of the trip is to highlight Chicago as being the most 'China-friendly' city in the U.S.

According to the office, the trip is from March 18-30 and the delegation will travel to five cities including Beijing, Tianjin, Hangzhou, Chongqing and Hong Kong.

The trip is sponsored by World Business Chicago and the Chicago Chamber of Commerce.