Chicago Mayor Travels to Japan, China

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is on his way to Japan and China for a week – bringing with 45 civic leaders.

His main mission is to check in personally in China on the city’s $1.3 billion dollar contract to make CTA train cars. It comes as the Trump administration and China are in the midst of a trade war. The mayor’s trip – first reported by NBC 5 – two weeks ago was not announced publicly until Monday, as he headed to the airport.

The Asia visit will include announcements, according to his spokesman:

  • Bank of China will double its Chicago office to 65.
  • Japan-Chicago Economic Partnership Agreement – first ever.
  • Komatsu – moving 350 jobs from Rolling Meadows to Chicago.
  • CRRC Sifang America – meeting with executives about plans to replace half of the CTA’s fleet of train cars.

Three aldermen will be travelling with the mayor: Margaret Laurino, Patrick Thompson and Michelle Harris, as well as World Business Chicago CEO Andrea Zopp. Others in the group include executives with Mesirow Financial, Baker & McKenzie, and even an organizer with the Sheet Metal Workers union.

The mayor's office said no tax payer money is being used for the international trip.

The mayor returns next Monday.

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