Trump’s visit was boost to busi­ness: en­voy

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICA - By MAY ZHOU in Hous­ton mayzhou@chi­nadai­

The con­sul gen­eral of China in Hous­ton sees many eco­nomic ben­e­fits re­sult­ing from the re­cent trip to China by US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

Con­sul Gen­eral Li Qiang­min spoke of the op­por­tu­ni­ties re­dound­ing to the south­ern United States by a more pros­per­ous China and a sta­ble China-US re­la­tion­ship.

“At least three among the 29 com­pa­nies (that) headed to China with Pres­i­dent Trump are from Texas,” Li told the lun­cheon guests, who in­cluded state Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Gene Wu, Hous­ton City Coun­cil Mem­ber Greg Travis, Greater Hous­ton Part­ner­ship CEO Bob Har­vey, busi­ness­man Neil Bush, US China Part­ner­ship Chair­man Charles Fos­ter, diplo­mats from the con­sulate corps of Hous­ton, and other prom­i­nent busi­ness and com­mu­nity lead­ers.

Che­niere En­ergy, based in Hous­ton, is the owner of the first liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas (LNG) ex­port ter­mi­nal in the US. It signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MOU) with China Na­tional Pe­tro­leum Corp for long-term LNG sales and pur­chase co­op­er­a­tion.

Bell He­li­copter signed an agree­ment with Reign­wood In­ter­na­tional In­vest­ment Group Co to sell an ad­di­tional 50 Bell 505s heli­copters to China.

Li said that high-level ex­changes are fre­quent among South­ern states and China. Hous­ton Mayor Sylvester Turner will visit China soon. The may­ors of Austin and Dal­las have re­cently vis­ited China.

“Gov­er­nor (Asa) Hutchin­son of Arkansas has vis­ited China three times since he took of­fice. He said to me that he will visit China every year dur­ing his term. He has al­ready got great re­wards. Sev­eral Chi­nese com­pa­nies have in­vested or de­clared to in­vest more than $1.4 bil­lion in­vest­ment, with 1,500 jobs in Arkansas since 2015,” Li said.

“It makes per­fect sense for Amer­i­can com­pa­nies to work with Chi­nese com­pa­nies. There is a lot of money to be made on both sides. It’s a win-win sit­u­a­tion,” Jon Taylor, pro­fes­sor of po­lit­i­cal sci­ence at Univer­sity of St. Thomas, said of Trump’s visit to China. “A lot of eco­nomic agree­ments made will re­ally pay off in five years or so.”

Bush ex­pressed his wish for strong ties be­tween the US and China: “My fa­ther (for­mer US pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush) has al­ways main­tained that the US-China re­la­tion­ship is the most im­por­tant re­la­tion­ship in the world.”

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