|Consul General Zhao Weiping Attended The Sino-US Automotive Executive Networking Event|
On January 12, Chinese Consul General to Chicago Zhao Weiping attended the Sino-US Automotive Executive Networking Event in Novi, Michigan, which was co-hosted by Automotive Sub-Council of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), US-China Automotive Exchange (USCAE) and Sohu Auto. More than 70 guests attended the event, including Chief Operating Officer of Michigan Economic Development Corporation Steven Hilfinger, Wayne County Executive Bob Ficano, Chairman of USCAE Wang Dazong, Secretary General of Automotive Sub-Council of CCPIT James Chai, among others.
Consul General Zhao said in his remarks that the year of 2013 was another thriving year for auto companies both here in America and in China. The Big Three, Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler, all performed very well. Their joint ventures in China continued to develop in a robust way, and General Motors sold more than 3 million vehicles in China last year. Meanwhile, China has been the world's largest auto producer and consumer for five consecutive years. Nearly 100 Chinese auto companies have established their businesses in Metro Detroit, and there is still growing interest among Chinese enterprises in investing here. He believes that the auto industries of the two countries will find more opportunities of cooperation in the coming years.
Consul General Zhao also said that January 1 this year marked the 35 anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and the United States. During the past three decades, the development of China-US relations brought huge benefits to the peoples of our two countries. As the two largest economies and trading nations in the world, China and the United States have never been so intertwined economically, and huge potential for bilateral business cooperation exists in a great range of areas. The new round of reform and opening-up which has been ushered in by the Third Plenum of the 18th CPC Central Committee last November will not only provide lasting driving force for China's sustainable development, but also create numerous opportunities for China-US trade and investment cooperation. China is ready to work with the US side to push forward the bilateral relationship toward the goal of building a new model of major-country relations as set up by President Xi Jinping and President Obama.