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011112tvexplaining.Weigun Gu (center foreground) who is a translator with the U.S. State Department, explains elements of a projected map to members of a Chinese transportation delegation at the Tri-City Regional Port District in Granite City on Wednesday January 11, 2012 during a briefing by U.S. transportation officials and politicians.  At left is U.S. Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary John Porcari.  Members of the Chinese group include China's XU Zuyuan (second from right at table, in red tie) who is the Vice Minister of Maritime Affairs in the Chinese Ministry of Transportation.  The Chinese contingent was in the Midwest attending the 4th Annual Transportation Forum being held in St. Louis, MO.  These forums emphasize the importance of transportation infrastructure as a foundation for economic development.  After the formal presentation in the Port office headquarters building, the Chinese officials were joined by their American counterparts on a bus tour of the Tri-City Regional Port facility, which borders the Mississippi River and a man-made shipping canal - the Chain of Rocks Canal - which diverts river traffic around low-water sections of the river through a series of locks..TIM VIZER/BELLEVILLE NEWS-DEMOCRAT/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS