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Issue: 930 Date: 6/19/2008

擴大改革開放 堅定中美情誼 王岐山副總理訪聖市
百人代表團隨訪 簽署53.2億美元合約 聖路易空港計劃蓄勢待發
Chinese Vice Premier Visits St. Louis to Explore Air Cargo Hub, Commercial Ties

中國副總理王岐山於6月15日搭乘中國國際航空公司(Air China)專機,自北京直飛聖路易,在聖路易林白國際機場受到各界熱烈的歡迎,王岐山副總理是聖路易有史以來,由中國到聖路易訪問之中國官方最高階層。
        【時報訊】中國副總理王岐山於6月15日,由北京搭乘中國國際航空公司專機直飛美國密蘇里州聖路易市訪問兩天,中國商務部組有百人代表團隨訪。16日王岐山副總理在聖市Clayton與密州參眾議員、各級政府政要舉行會議,中方代表團與密州簽署了五項大規模、總值53.2億美元之合約。王岐山副總理強調中國將擴大改革開放,持續加強中美兩國人民和政府間之相互瞭解及合作情誼。王岐山副總理是聖路易有史以來,由中國到聖路易訪問之中國官方最高層級。聖路易目前正在積極推動成立中國貨運空港(Air Cargo Hub)計劃,王歧山副總理的蒞訪具有時代意義。

        聖路易地區在密蘇里州政經界集體全力努力下,於2007年開始推動成立中國空港計劃,2008年2月19日、20日,中國駐美大使周文重自華府來訪聖路易,為這項計劃揭開序幕。3月間密蘇里州由兩位國會參議員Kit Bond、Claire McCaskill率領,成員包括多位參眾議員、州長Matt Blunt、聖路易市長、郡長等,組成龐大代表團赴中國大陸訪問二週,帶回聖路易中國空港計劃成立初步協議。4月間則有中國前外交部長李肇星翩然來訪聖市,會見各界人士。聖路易成立中國空港計劃持續加溫。

        6月16日,王岐山副總理及代表團受到密州朝野高規格接待及最熱烈的歡迎。上午九時半,中國商務部投資促進局與聖路易地區商業成長協會(RCGA)共同在Clayton麗晶大旅館舉行投資環境說明會,250餘位中方代表及密州工商界人士與會。中國商務部副部長馬秀紅在會中發表專題演講,11時,在王岐山副總理、中方代表及密州各級政要見證下,中方與美國黃豆協會、黃豆出口協會、密州農業部、聖路易Emerson公司、Solutia公司等分別簽署了總值53.2億美元之五組合約,為中國與密蘇里州經貿交流合作寫下歷史新頁。

        11時半,RCGA在麗晶大旅館舉行盛大午宴,歡迎王岐山副總理及代表團蒞訪。參議員Kit Bond,Claire McCaskill,眾議員Russ Carnahan,William Lacy Clay,Todd Akin,JoAnn Emerson,副州長Peter Kinder,州議會議長Rod Jetton,州議員Maria Chappelle-Nadal,聖路易市市長Francis Slay,聖路易郡郡長Charlie Dooley等民意代表政府官員、各大學校長、工商企業領袖一起舉杯,祝賀中美兩國友誼歷久彌新,密蘇里州與中國經貿發展更加緊密結合。

        王岐山副總理在午宴中致詞時表示,此次訪美是參加在華府舉行之中美第四屆戰略經濟計劃會議。在去華府之前,首途聖路易訪問。王歧山副總理說,他對今年三月間密蘇里州代表團訪問中國印象深刻,這個由兩黨國會議員率領的代表團共同一致,真心誠意的為密州人民與中國推動經貿合作,讓他十分感動。所以這次訪問美國,他首先來到聖路易訪問這個城市和這堣丹鞈〞漱秅H,然後再赴華府開會,除華府與聖路易,王岐山副總理此行將不會訪問其它城市。

        王岐山副總理繼續說明,聖路易的地標拱門(Arch),祗有門框沒有門,代表著美國自由貿易立國,始終開放的精神。同樣的,中國也將進一步發展擴大改革、堅定開放,由美國中西部密蘇里州聖路易市開始,加強貿易投資連繫,依次向東西兩岸發展。

        王岐山副總理在結論中指出,美國是最大的發展國家,中國是最大的發展中國家,中美兩國在人民、政府及社區各方面都能相互瞭解,增進情誼,在經貿、文化、教育、社會等方方面面都能互助互補,攜手合作。王岐山副總理祝願,這一切的發展就從密蘇里州作起點開始。

        王岐山副總理於16日下午結束聖路易訪問行程,飛往華府。隨訪之百人經貿代表團部分團員則繼續留在聖路易與本地區工商、教育等各界人士會談,加強聖路易與中國之經貿關係及往來。 (攝影:Tom Paule Photography / 聖路易時報)

        Chinese Vice Premier Visits St. Louis to Explore Air Cargo Hub, Commercial Ties

        ST. LOUIS, June 16 -- Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan todaybecame the highest Chinese government official yet to visit St. Louis inconnection with the proposal to create an air cargo hub and commercial centerhere to facilitate trade between China and the United States.

        The Vice Premier arrived here yesterday on a flight direct from Beijing.After his meetings here, he went on to Washington, D.C. for discussions withSecretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson.

        "We are extremely pleased to be hosting this visit by Vice Premier Wang,"said Richard C. D. Fleming, President and Chief Executive Officer of the St.Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association (RCGA). "His presence here speaksvolumes about how seriously the Chinese are exploring the notion of making St.Louis their Midwestern port of entry to the United States."

        While in St. Louis, Vice Premier Wang met this morning with Sens.Christopher S. ("Kit") Bond and Claire McCaskill, as well as with CongressmenRuss Carnahan, William "Lacey" Clay, Todd Akin, and JoAnn Emerson, and withMo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton, St. Louis MayorFrancis Slay, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, and others, includingRobert A. Reynolds Jr., RCGA's chairman and chairman, president, and CEO ofGraybar. The meetings took place at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Clayton, andwere followed by a luncheon where the Vice Premier made remarks that were opento the media.

        In conjunction with Vice Premier Wang's visit, Chinese governmentofficials signed four agreements with local and state businesses andorganizations. The agreements were with the United Soybean Board, UnitedStates Soybean Export Council, and the American Soybean Association; theMissouri Department of Agriculture; Emerson (NYSE: EMR); and Solutia, Inc.(NYSE: SOA).

        The three soybean organizations were among several U.S. soybean groupsthat helped facilitate contracts between eight U.S. exporters, including ADM,Cargill, and Bunge, and 14 Chinese importers. U.S. soybean organizations areexpecting a $3 billion commitment from the Chinese importing companies thisyear -- a projected 10 percent of total U.S. production and an increase fromabout $2.5 billion last year.

        The agreement the Missouri Department of Agriculture signed was amemorandum of understanding with China's Chamber of Commerce of Import/Exportof Foodstuffs, Native Produce and Animal By-Products (CFNA), and the MissouriDepartment of Agriculture. The memorandum calls for Missouri and CFNA toexpand and promote agricultural and food trade, especially in soybeans.

        Emerson signed contracts recognizing continuing agreements between thecompany and China in two areas. One deals with the delivery of $30 million ofScroll(R) compressors and other equipment used in air conditioning and heatingsystems made by Emerson's Climate Technologies business. The other is a$40 million agreement between Emerson's Network Power business and ChinaMobile, the world's largest mobile network. Emerson Network Power providesthat company with about 35 percent of its power-related products and services,from backup power to precision cooling, in support of its telecommunicationsnetwork.

        Solutia signed memorandums of understanding with three companies for thepurchase of Solutia's Vydyne(R) nylon resin, which is used by Chinesemanufacturers of automotive, electrical, consumer, and industrial products.The three companies, and the size of the respective contracts, are GuangzhouKingfa Science and Technology Co. Ltd. - $84 million; Hangzhou Yongchang NylonCo. Ltd. - $56 million; and Liaoning Yinzhu Chem-Tex Group Co. - $42 million.

        Concurrent with the Vice Premier Wang's St. Louis trip here, more than 100Chinese entrepreneurs, investors, and business executives also visited todayin a trip sponsored by China's Ministry of Commerce. At a seminar Mondaymorning, conducted jointly by RCGA and the Ministry of Commerce, they receivedbriefings on the local and state economy by several St. Louis companies andorganizations. At a second seminar Monday afternoon, many of them were briefedon specific investment opportunities in the St. Louis region in the areas oflife sciences, high technology, venture capital, and real estate.

        Many of the entrepreneurs and business people were here at the behest ofthe China Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA), which signed an agreement withSt. Louis officials last March during a visit they made to Beijing. Thatagreement called for exactly this kind of exploration of stronger commercialties between the St. Louis area and China.

        Mr. Wang's visit marks the third visit here by a high-ranking Chinesegovernment official since February. The first visit took place Feb. 19-20,when China's Ambassador to the United States, Zhou Wenzhong, was hosted hereby the RCGA at the invitation of Sens. Bond and McCaskill. During that visit,he met with government and business officials about the air cargo andcommercial hub proposal. In March, a large delegation of St. Louis andMissouri government and business leaders visited Beijing to pursue the St.Louis proposal with Chinese government officials. Li Zhaoxing, who heads theforeign affairs committee of the National People's Congress, visited here fortwo days in April and also met with business, government, and universityleaders.

        About the St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association (RCGA)

        The St. Louis RCGA is the chamber of commerce and economic developmentorganization for the 16-county, bi-state region. With nearly 4,000 membercompanies, RCGA members constitute 40% of the regional work force. The missionof the RCGA is to unite the region's business community, and to engage dynamicbusiness and civic leadership to develop and sustain a world-class economy andcommunity.

        SOURCE St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association (RCGA)
 
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