Li, head of US state seek ways to en­hance ex­changes

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By HU YONGQI huy­ongqi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang said on Tues­day that all US states, in­clud­ing Michi­gan, are wel­come to strengthen ex­changes with prov­inces and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in China and deepen co­op­er­a­tion in fields such as trade, in­vest­ment, man­u­fac­tur­ing and in­no­va­tions.

He was speak­ing to Rick Sny­der, Michi­gan’s gov­er­nor, when they met in Bei­jing, one stop for Sny­der’s nine-day in­vest­ment mis­sion to China that started on Sun­day.

Li said lo­cal co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries is boom­ing, which is help­ful to ex­pand com­mon in­ter­ests. China will cul­ti­vate an open and fa­cil­i­tat­ing en­vi­ron­ment, he said.

“You have visited China each year since tak­ing of­fice as gov­er­nor. The co­op­er­a­tion be­tween your state and China has been highly pro­duc­tive, … which shows the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween our two coun­tries has de­liv­ered tan­gi­ble ben­e­fits to our peo­ple,” Li said.

Com­mon in­ter­ests far over­ride dif­fer­ences for China and the US as the world’s largest de­vel­op­ing coun­try and de­vel­oped coun­try, Li said. Since the out­set of this year, the pres­i­dents of both coun­tries have met twice, while both na­tions are ex­pand­ing di­a­logues and ex­changes at var­i­ous lev­els. China would like to en­hance un­der­stand­ing and mu­tual trust and ex­pand prag­matic co­op­er­a­tion in key ar­eas to achieve a healthy and sta­ble re­la­tion­ship with the US, he said.

In re­sponse, Sny­der said Michi­gan has ben­e­fited from co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the coun­tries and hopes to ex­pand ex­changes in all fields, which he said will help pro­mote mu­tual un­der­stand­ing and bi­lat­eral ties.

Michi­gan is home to much of the US auto in­dus­try, with 375 au­to­mo­bile research centers, and is one of the world’s lead­ing des­ti­na­tions for high­qual­ity tech­ni­cians and engi­neers.

The gov­er­nor’s in­vest­ment

mis­sion to China fo­cuses on pro­mot­ing job-cre­at­ing busi­ness growth, at­tract­ing in­vest­ment to Michi­gan and mak­ing the state a tourism des­ti­na­tion for Chi­nese trav­el­ers, ac­cord­ing to the state’s web­site, Michi­gan.gov.

The gov­er­nor also will visit Guangzhou and Shen­zhen in Guang­dong prov­ince, Chengdu in Sichuan prov­ince, Shang­hai, and Hangzhou in Zhe­jiang prov­ince, it said.

In Au­gust 2015, the Min­istry of Com­merce signed a memo- ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing to pro­mote trade and in­vest­ment be­tween Michi­gan and five pro­vin­cial re­gions, namely, Zhe­jiang, Hubei, Guang­dong and Sichuan prov­inces and Chongqing.

Last year, Michi­gan ranked sec­ond in the US in the num­ber of in­vest­ment pro­jects from China. Michi­gan also ranked third in the num­ber of jobs cre­ated through Chi­nese in­vest­ment. Be­tween Jan­uary 2010 and July 2017, the state re­ceived $1.1 bil­lion in new busi­ness in­vest­ment from China, the web­site said.

WU ZHIYI / CHINA DAILY

Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang meets Michi­gan Gov­er­nor Rick Sny­der in Zhong­nan­hai, the cen­tral lead­er­ship’s com­pound, in Bei­jing on Tues­day. They dis­cussed a range of sub­jects, from trade to in­vest­ment and em­ploy­ment.

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