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Issue: 1015 Date: 2/4/2010

推動中國空港計劃 周文重大使獲頒「破冰獎」
周文重大使訪聖路易、傑佛森市會見政府工商業界領袖

聖路易郡郡長Charlie Dooley,美國眾議員Roy Blunt致贈周文重大使「破冰獎」,左一為RCGA會長Richard Fleming
        Chinese Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong Meets With Business And Elected Leaders At Emerson, RCGA And In Jefferson City

        【時報訊】中國駐美大使周文重伉儷2月1日上午自華府飛抵聖路易訪問,出席RCGA會議,會見Emerson公司高層幹部,晚間應邀出席密州州長Jay Nixon伉儷在傑佛森市官邸所設之州宴晚宴。2日早上出席由副州長Peter Kinda及密州州議會議長Ron Richard,多數黨主席Steve Tilley、keria Eagler等聯合舉行之早餐接待會,隨即結束旋風式訪問返回華府。

        在聖路易,由美中西區中國空港委員會在RCGA(地區商業成長協會)舉行的會議中,聖路易郡郡長Charlie Dooley及美國眾議員Roy Blunt聯合頒贈「破冰獎」予周文重大使,表彰他對中國空港大設想專案之強力推動和支持。

        周文重大使伉儷係於2月1日上午由華府飛抵聖路易林白國際機。在機場迎接的聖路易各界人士有聖路易市市長Fancis Slay、郡長Charlie Dooley、美中西區中國空港委員會主席Mike Jones、執行主任Jason Van Eaton、林白機場新主任Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge、McEagle建設公司總裁 Paul Mckee、律師Steve Stone、世貿中心主任Tim Nowark,及RCGA會長Richard Fleming等。

        聖路易愛默生(Emerson)電器總裁David Farr 、美國參議員Kit Bond及聖路易地區醫保企業Express Scripts、華盛頓大學醫學院、BJC醫院、倫敦48人組主席Stephen Perry等共同在Emerson公司為周文重大使伉儷舉行歡迎午宴。

        1日下午,美中西區中國空港委員會在RCGA舉行中國空港會議並由眾議員Roy Blunt,48人組主席Stephen Perry專題報告,周文重大使則以「未來十年的中美關係」為題發表演說,會後周文重大使會見了聖路易地區各大學二十六位中國學生代表。

        會議結束後周文重大使一行隨即前往密州首府傑佛森市,與州長Jay Nixon共同舉行記者招待會。 Nixon州長在官邸舉行州宴晚宴,與密州參、眾議員、社區領袖、工商業界代表及中國空港委員會委員們共同歡迎周文重大使伉儷之來訪。

        在這次短暫兩天的訪問中,周文重大使獲得聖路易郡郡長Charlie Dooley及眾議員Roy Blunt頒贈之「破冰獎」,表彰並感謝周文重大使對中國空港大設想之強力支持和積極推動。在RCGA美中西區中國空港委員會會議中,中國空港委員會也向周文重大使說明該委員會已籌組設立六個分支商業委員會,分別討論農業、金融、製造、物流、房產、節能等六大議題,融入本地區工商業界力量,一起加入中國空港計劃,共同推動中國空港之實現。

        推動中國空港不遺餘力的密州美國參議員Kit Bond 一月中旬才從中國大陸訪問歸來,訪問期間,Bond參議員曾會見中國全國人大委員會常務 委員會委員長吳邦國,盼望中國的航空公司能參與聖路易中國空港計劃並獲得吳邦國委員長表示樂觀其成。隨著周文重大使此次在二月初再 度訪問聖路易,實地暸解中國空港委員會運作現況,中國空港China Hub大設想在2010年一開始,中美雙方就有著積極之推動行動,大聖路易地區以至密蘇里州各界均對中國空港之實現抱有極大之希望。

        Chinese Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong Meets With Business And Elected Leaders At Emerson, RCGA And In Jefferson City

        (February 1, 2010) Chinese Ambassador to the United States Zhou Wenzhong spoke at the RCGA this afternoon as part of a jam-packed two-day itinerary that began this morning with meetings and later a luncheon at Emerson, continued with his presentation at the RCGA's Regional Collaboration Center, and concludes this evening with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon hosting a State Dinner at the Governor's Mansion for Midwest-China Hub Commission members, business and legislative leaders.

        The Ambassador's trip to Missouri today and tomorrow, hosted by the Midwest-China Hub Commission, is the latest development as part of the "Big Idea" Project to establish the bi-state St. Louis region as the Midwestern hub for China.

        Arriving this morning at Lambert from Washington, D.C, Ambassador Zhou was greeted by a St. Louis delegation comprised of Mayor Francis Slay; St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley; Midwest-China Hub Commission Chairman Mike Jones; Lambert-St. Louis International Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge; Lambert Marketing Director Brian Kinsey; Paul McKee and Chris McKee of McEagle Properties; Midwest-China Hub Commission Executive Director Jason Van Eaton; attorney Steve Stone; Tim Nowak, Executive Director of the World Trade Center Saint Louis, and Richard Fleming,President and CEO of RCGA.

        Emerson Chairman, President & CEO David Farr and U.S. Sen. Kit Bond hosted the Ambassador at Emerson for a luncheon of area CEOs and health care industry presentations by Express Scripts; the Washington University Medical School; BJC; and Ascension Health, as well as remarks by London Export CEO and 48 Group Chairman Stephen Perry.

        Today's events then moved to the RCGA for the Midwest-China Hub Commission Business Council presentation, and included remarks by U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt and Stephen Perry. Ambassador Zhou's presentation, entitled, "U.S. China Relations in the Next Decade," was followed by a Q&A session. The Ambassador also met at the RCGA with 26 Chinese college students from St. Louis area universities.Following his meetings at the RCGA, Ambassador Zhou, Mrs. Zhou and the Chinese delegation traveled to Jefferson City for the Ambassador's news conference with Gov. Nixon, followed by a reception and State Dinner at the Governor's Mansion. Guests this evening included business and elected officials, leaders from the Missouri Legislature and members of the Hub Commission.

        Ambassador Zhou's trip to Missouri continues tomorrow with a Breakfast hosted by Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and Missouri legislative leaders: Speaker Ron Richard; House Majority Leader Steve Tilley; Senate Pro Tem Charlie Shields; and Senate Majority Leader Kevin Engler.

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and U.S. Congressman Roy Blunt, right, present Chinese Ambassador to the United States Zhou Wenzhong with the "Ice Breaker" Award, recognizing his strong advocacy for the "Big Idea" China Project.






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