On the morning of July 20, 2017, the Chinese Provinces-U.S. Washington State Trade & Investment Cooperation Forum, co-hosted by TDB and Washington State Department of Commerce and supported by the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in San Francisco and the Washington State Government was held in Seattle. Lieutenant Governor of Washington State Cyrus Habib, Director of Washington State Department of Commerce Brian Bonlender, Director of the Foreign Trade Development Bureau of MOFCOM Sun Chenghai, Commercial Counselor of Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in San Francisco Yang Yihang attended the forum and made a speech. Near 200 government and enterprise representatives from Liaoning, Shanghai, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Hunan, Shaanxi and Washington State exchanged views on the cooperation in information industry, high-end manufacturing, bioscience, clean energy, food processing and real estate. Some famous Chinese companies such as ICBC, Inspur Group, JD.com, BGI and ZTE also attended this activity.
This forum was a supplementary activity of Vice Premier Wang Yang’s visit to the U.S. and an important follow-up activity of the 100-Day Action Plan reached by President Xi Jinping and President Trump during Xi’ s visit to the U.S. in April. Washington State’s trade volume with China ranks the first in all American states and reached 43.4 billion dollars in 2016. The Chinese provinces and Washington State have kept close relationship, actively promoted the market development of each other’s products, followed up the major projects and solved several concerns of the Chinese and American enterprises since the foundation of the Chinese Provinces-Washington State Trade & Investment Cooperation working group in September 2015. In the future, both sides will continue to tap the cooperation potential, implement the consensus on promoting the Chinese Provinces-U.S. States trade and economic cooperation reached by the high-level officials of the two countries and cooperate in more areas and directions.