Motorola, Boeing in White House huddle with Hu

By Michael Oneal
Posted Jan. 19 at 1:04 a.m.

Before Thursday night’s big bash in Chicago where Mayor Richard Daley will welcome China’s President Hu Jintao¬† to the Windy City, several business executives with Chicago connections met with the Chinese leader and President Barack Obama in a Wednesday afternoon gathering at the White House.

Attending the meeting were James McNerney, chairman and chief executive of Chicago-based Boeing Co. and Greg Brown, the president and chief executive of Motorola Solutions Inc. in suburban Schaumburg.

Obama is hosted the session at 12:20 Eastern time with U.S. and Chinese business leaders to talk about increasing U.S. exports to China and encouraging Chinese investment in the U.S., the White House said in a release. A press conference is expected soon.

Among the Chinese business leaders attending the meeting were Lu Guanqiu, the founder of China’s Wanxiang Group, a massive auto-parts company which has a U.S. outpost, Wanxiang America Inc. in Elgin.

Wanxiang America, which has acquired more than two dozen small- to medium-size U.S. auto-parts companies around the country, is run by Lu’s son-in-law, Pin Ni.

The meeting was also attended by Obama’s economic team and Mayor Daley’s brother Bill, the new White House Chief of Staff.

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