Hu­nan knocks on Hous­ton’s door

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

Scores of busi­ness peo­ple from China’s Hu­nan prov­ince and Texas con­ducted one-onone meet­ings at the Greater Hous­ton Part­ner­ship (GHP) to talk busi­ness on Mon­day at the Sec­ond An­nual Hu­nan-Hous­ton Busi­ness Work­shop.

He Jian, chair­man of Chi­nese Coun­cil for Pro­mo­tion of In­ter­na­tional Trade Hu­nan Sub­coun­cil (CCPIT-Hu­nan), said his 20-plus mem­ber del­e­ga­tion is ea­ger to seek co­op­er­a­tion in high-tech, health­care and se­nior liv­ing man­age­ment.

“We have re­cently es­tab­lished Xiangjiang de­vel­op­ment zone in Chang­sha with se­nior liv­ing and health­care as the ma­jor fo­cus. We plan to build six col­lab­o­ra­tive cancer cen­ters in this zone. We un­der­stand that the Texas Med­i­cal Cen­ter is top-notch in the world, and we are ac­tively en­gag­ing them for co­op­er­a­tion possibilities,” said He.

He said that 18 com­pa­nies in var­i­ous in­dus­tries are rep­re­sented in the del­e­ga­tion, and are seek­ing to buy high­tech prod­ucts as well as sell prod­ucts to the US.

This is the sec­ond year that

We are ac­tively en­gag­ing them for co­op­er­a­tion possibilities.”

He Jian, chair­man, Chi­nese Coun­cil for Pro­mo­tion of In­ter­na­tional Trade

Hu­nan has en­gages Hous­ton for busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties and He said it was just the be­gin­ning and they plan to come back next year.

To lay a firm foun­da­tion, CCPIT-Hu­nan signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with lo­cal law firm Lai, Corsini and La­pus for co­op­er­a­tion on in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty is­sues in fu­ture busi­ness deal­ings.

“We want to make sure that both Chi­nese and Amer­i­can prop­erty rights are pro­tected in the two coun­tries,” said He.

The Hu­nan del­e­ga­tion had vis­ited Cuba and Mex­ico seek­ing sim­i­lar op­por­tu­ni­ties, as well as col­lab­o­ra­tion on agri­cul­ture, be­fore com­ing to Hous­ton.

Ac­cord­ing to Zhou Shengqiao, di­rec­tor of Hua­nan In­ter­na­tional Ser­vice Cen­ter, the US is Hu­nan’s sec­ond-largest trad­ing part­ner with vol­ume reach­ing $3.6 bil­lion in 2015. “We cer­tainly want to see more of that, of course,” Zhou said.

Bob Har­vey, pres­i­dent at GHP, a large cham­ber of com­merce serv­ing the 11-county Hous­ton re­gion, wel­comed the del­e­ga­tion along with China’s Con­sul Gen­eral in Hous­ton Li Qiang­min, a Hu­nan na­tive him­self.

Ac­cord­ing to Har­vey, Hous­ton’s trade vol­ume with China reached $18.5 bil­lion last year.

MAY ZHOU / CHINA DAILY

He Jian, chair­man of the Chi­nese Coun­cil for Pro­mo­tion of In­ter­na­tional Trade Hu­nan Sub-coun­cil, presents an em­broi­dered painting, a spe­cialty craft of Hu­nan, to Bob Har­vey, pres­i­dent of the Greater Hous­ton Part­ner­ship, on Mon­day.

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