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Consul General Huang Ping Met with Chairman of Chester County in Pennsylvania
2019/05/02

On April 23rd, Consul General Huang Ping met with Terence Farrell, Chairman of Chester County in Pennsylvania, and his delegation. The two sides exchanged views on promoting local cooperation between Chester County and China. Gu Chunfang, Economic and Commercial Counselor, and Michael Grigalonis, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Chester County Economic Development Council, attended the meeting.

During the meeting, Terence Farrell introduced essential information of Chester County to Huang Ping, including the county’s convenient geographical location, unique regional quality, diversified industrial clusters, and talent advantages, especially the “Chester Country China Initiative” (CCCI) which plan is being vigorously pursued. The plan has produced positive results in establishing good business, cultural and educational relations with China. For example, it has promoted the establishment of a mushroom production base in Funan County, Anhui Province by Pietro Company in Chester County, and introduced the latest mushroom planting equipment into the Chinese market; it has also motivated Chester County and Beijing’s Yanqing District to sign a memorandum on establishing friendly relations. Farrell emphasized that CCCI is the only national strategic plan in Chester County, which shows that Chester County attaches great importance to Chinese enterprises, welcomes Chinese enterprises to invest, and is willing to promote county enterprises to explore the Chinese market. They sincerely look forward to more cooperation with China in the future.

Huang Ping expressed his appreciation for Farrell’s efforts in promoting economic, trade, cultural and educational cooperation with China. He stressed that over the past 40 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and the United States, the two nations’ cooperation has yielded fruitful results. In 2018, trade volume between China and the United States exceeds $630 billion, while two-way investment between the two countries has exceeded $240 billion; personnel exchanges between the two countries have exceeded 5 million, and more than 300,000 Chinese students are studying in the United States, accounting for 33% of all international students. These figures show that cooperation between China and the United States benefits both countries, while confrontation hurts both. Chester County’s cooperation with local authorities in China is a positive example at a time when China-US economic and trade relations are in difficulty. Only through more exchanges and cooperation can the two sides enhance understanding and resolve differences. Consulate General supports Chester in carrying out more cooperation and exchanges with local authorities in China and is willing to provide all assistance and services to push for more achievements in the future.

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