Con­sul Gen­eral lauds progress in 2013

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSS AMERICA - By MAY ZHOU in Houston mayzhou@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

Chi­nese Con­sul Gen­eral Xu Er­wen held a press con­fer­ence last Thurs­day to talk about the 35th an­niver­sary of the es­tab­lish­ment of Chi­naUS re­la­tions. Deputy Con­suls Gen­eral Li Guixi and Zhang Chuan­bin were also in at­ten­dance.

Houston was the first Chi­nese con­sulate gen­eral es­tab­lished in the US and Xu is its 12th con­sul gen­eral. Re­call­ing then vice-pre­mier Deng Xiaop­ing’s 1979 visit to Houston, Xu said that Deng’s iconic pic­ture wear­ing a cow­boy hat has be­come a sym­bol of Sino-US re­la­tions, and af­ter three and a half decades, China and the US now have a lot of shared in­ter­ests, with ever more ex­changes at the po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic and cul­tural lev­els.

Xu listed some of the many ac­tiv­i­ties that oc­curred in her ju­ris­dic­tion of eight south­ern states last year. Many re­gional of­fi­cials vis­ited China, for ex­am­ple, the gov­er­nor of Ge­or­gia for the sec­ond time, sign­ing sev­eral co­op­er­a­tion agree­ments with China and set­ting up Ge­or­gia’s sec­ond Chi­nese of­fice in Qing­dao.

In ad­di­tion, more than 30 del­e­ga­tions from China vis­ited the south­ern states, where they got warm wel­comes from state and lo­cal gov­ern­ments.

Another sign of more ac­tive Sino-US re­la­tions was the in­creas­ing num­ber of Chi­nese en­ter­prises com­ing to in­vest in the south­ern US states. Xu said that by last Novem­ber, more than 120 Chi­nese en­ter­prises were reg­is­tered with the Chi­nese con­sulate gen­eral in Houston and she be­lieves that there are at least an equal num­ber of, if not more, un­reg­is­tered Chi­nese en­ter­prise do­ing busi­ness here. Chi­nese en­ter­prises made $11.8 bil­lion worth of in­vest­ment in 2013 and cre­ated many jobs.

One big boost for the south­ern US and China re­la­tions are the non-stop Hous­tonBei­jing flights started in July of last year. Xu said that since their in­cep­tion, the flights have been mostly full, and as a re­sult Air China is plan­ning to in­crease the flights from four times a week to daily and is talk­ing about di­rect flights from Dal­las, Mi­ami and At­lanta to other cities such as Shang­hai and Hong Kong.

South­ern states are also show­ing more en­thu­si­asm in learn­ing Chi­nese, Xu said. Last year another four Con­fu­cius In­sti­tutes were es­tab­lished in the south, with a to­tal now of 20; Houston school dis­trict signed an ed­u­ca­tion agree­ment with China to pro­mote Chi­nese learn­ing among its 210,000 stu­dents in 297 schools; and Arkansas’ gov­er­nor hon­ored 20 Chi­nese teach­ers as cul­tural am­bas­sadors.

At the press con­fer­ence, Xu also con­demned Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe’s re­cent visit to the Ya­sukuni Shrine and dis­cussed China’s new di­rec­tion for fur­ther re­form.

MAY ZHOU / CHINA DAILY

Chi­nese Con­sul Gen­eral Xu Er­wen (center) talks about Sino-US re­la­tions while Chi­nese Deputy Con­suls Gen­eral Zhang Chuang­bin (right) and Li Guixi lis­ten.

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