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2003 US-China City Business Cooperation Forum (Shanghai)

2003 US-China City Business Cooperation Forum was held in Shanghai Galaxy Hotel on November 3, 2003. Deputy Assistant Secretary of US Department of Commerce, 14 US city mayors, about 50 US company executives and more than 1100 Chinese government officials and company executives attended the event.

The conference was co-organized by USCEA, US Department of Commerce, US National League of Cities and 8 Chinese municipal governments. Ms. Heping Jian, Deputy Commissioner of Shanghai Municipal Foreign Trade Commission, on behalf of the local host, Shanghai Municipal Government, greeted the attendees of the event. Mr. Bruce Blakeman, Deputy Assistant Secretary of US DOC and newly appointed Special Adviser to the Secretary of US DOC for China by President Bush, delivered keynote speech at the Forum. He praised highly for the taking place of the forum as a timely event at a critical moment of US-China trade relationship. Mr. Charles Lyons, First Vice President (year 2004 President) of US National League of Cities (NLC), delivered a keynote speech at the 2003 US-China City Business Cooperation Forum as well, and applauded for signing of cooperation agreement for 7 pairs of US and Chinese cities. Mr. Jerry Shaye, Director of International Trade Development of New York State and Ms. Julia Miller, Mayor of Sunnyvale of Silicon Valley of California also delivered theme speech on behalf of US metropolitan areas and medium and small sized cities, respectively.

On China side, Mr. Zhaonian Yao, Deputy Director of Foreign Cooperation Office of Shanghai Municipal Government, Mr. Duwun Zhu, Mayor of Anqing City of Anhui Province, Mr. Tianjun Wu, Mayor of Xiangxiang City of Henan Province, Mr. Xinchao Wu, Deputy Executive of Shanghai Jinshan District, and Ms. Min Gao, Executive of Jiaojiang District of Zhejiang Taizhou also spoke at forum regarding the issues related to the city cooperation between the US and China.