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Hu Wraps Up U.S. Tour With Visit to Yale

The two leaders pledged cooperation but did not break new ground on resolving the economic issues, including the big U.S. trade deficit with China.

U.S. critics of China's trade policies were unimpressed.


President Bush and first lady Laura Bush greet Chinese President Hu Jintao and his wife Liu Yongqing during an arrival ceremony at the White House in Washington Thursday, April 20, 2006. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
President Bush and first lady Laura Bush greet Chinese President Hu Jintao and his wife Liu Yongqing during an arrival ceremony at the White House in Washington Thursday, April 20, 2006. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) (Gerald Herbert - AP)

"The president failed to make any significant progress in talks with his Chinese counterpart," complained Kevin Kearns, the president of the U.S. Business and Industry Council, which represents around 1,500 small and medium-sized manufacturing companies.

The welcoming ceremony in Washington earlier Thursday was marred by a security breach when a Falun Gong backer screamed at the Chinese president about persecution of the group. The woman had obtained a temporary White House pass, and Bush later apologized.

Hu also visited Washington state and officials of Microsoft Corp. and Boeing Co. in an effort to emphasize support for expanded U.S. exports to China.

Many American manufacturers contend that the Chinese yuan is undervalued by as much as 40 percent, making Chinese products cheaper for American consumers and American goods more expensive in China.

In New Haven, police estimated that at least 1,000 people gathered on the City Green.

"Falun Dafa is good!" some shouted, using another name for Falun Gong. "Down with Jiang Zemin! Down with Hu Jintao! Resolutely oppose the Communist Party!"

Everhart, of Chapel Hill, N.C., wore a "Free China" headband. "I'm here because I'm against the torture, the death penalty and nuclear weapons," he said.

The pro-government demonstrators waved scarlet signs written in Chinese.

"We are here to show our love to our country and show our enthusiasm to our president's visit to Yale university," said Zhou Jun, a Yale graduate student and Chinese citizen.

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Associated Press writers Martin Crutsinger, Shelley K. Wong and Ted Anthony contributed to this story.


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