Dal­las mayor makes of­fi­cial visit

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI - By WANG YING in Shang­hai

The city of Dal­las, Texas, will be in­creas­ing its ef­forts to at­tract Chi­nese tourists and com­pa­nies that are look­ing to set up their head­quar­ters in the United States, said its mayor Mike Rawl­ings.

Rawl­ings was re­cently in Shang­hai as the leader of a del­e­ga­tion to pro­mote eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties and tourism in the city and the Dal­las Fort Worth (DFW) re­gion, the fourth­largest metropoli­tan area af­ter New York, Los An­ge­les and Chicago.

“North Texas is a hub of in­no­va­tion and di­ver­sity. As the Dal­las Fort Worth area con­tin­ues to build its busi­ness mar­kets in­ter­na­tion­ally, we look to strengthen the ties we have with our global part­ners,” said Rawl­ings.

Presently, about 31 Chi­nese com­pa­nies have their US or North Amer­i­can head­quar­ters or other fa­cil­i­ties in DFW re­gion. Some of these busi­nesses in­clude AZZ, Der­bySoft, Huawei, NGC, TaoTao, Veri Sil­i­con and ZTE.

Ac­cord­ing to the mayor, the easy ac­cess to the east and west coasts of the US, as well as the lower tax­a­tion and prop­erty costs make DFW re­gion ideal places for cor­po­ra­tions to be based.

“In my mind, Shang­hai is the New York of China, with all the big com­pany head­quar­ters, and this is why we chose Shang­hai as the des­ti­na­tion for this trade mis­sion,” said Rawl­ings.

He pointed out that Dal­las has been ben­e­fit­ing from Shang­hai in many ways, es­pe­cially since the launch of di­rect flights be­tween the two cities in 2014. There are cur­rently di­rect flights be­tween DFW and Chi­nese cities of Bei­jing, Shang­hai and Hong Kong, and non-stop flights to Guangzhou are also in the pipe­line, ac­cord­ing to Rawl­ings.

“We con­tinue to see an in­crease in de­mand be­tween Asia and DFW, es­pe­cially as busi­nesses con­tinue to grow and re­lo­cate to Texas,” said CEO of DFW In­ter­na­tional Air­port Sean Dono­hue, who was a mem­ber of the del­e­ga­tion.

“At DFW, we are in­vest­ing in the cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence with an em­pha­sis on the ex­pec­ta­tions of in­ter­na­tional trav­el­ers.”

China is the third largest ex­port mar­ket for Texas af­ter Mex­ico and Canada. In 2016, China was also the US state’s sec­ond largest im­port mar­ket be­hind Mex­ico.

Bi­lat­eral trade be­tween Texas and China ac­counts for 10.3 per­cent of the state’s trade with for­eign coun­tries. In 2016, ex­ports from Texas to China was worth $10.8 bil­lion while its im­ports from China hit $36.6 bil­lion.

GAO ERQIANG / CHINA DAILY

Ital­ian lux­ury fash­ion house Prada has opened the highly an­tic­i­pated Rong Zhai, a man­sion first built in the early 20th cen­tury, in down­town Shang­hai. Lo­cated at 186 North Shaanxi Road, the man­sion once be­longed to the distin­guished fam­ily of Yung Tsoong-King (1873–1938) — he was known as the Flour King of China — and is hailed as one of the finest West­ern-style gar­den vil­las in the city. Prada has since 2011 been work­ing with ac­claimed ar­chi­tect Roberto Ba­cioc­chi to re­store the man­sion and the fash­ion house will now use the venue to host ex­hi­bi­tions, events and cul­tural ex­change ac­tiv­i­ties. Rong Zhai is open to the pub­lic for one month start­ing Oct 17.

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