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Mr. Barney Lehrer Visited USCEA Headquarter in China

On November 30, 2006, Mr. Barney Lehrer, the President of American National Association of Export Companies (NEXCO) and the Webmaster & Director of e-Commerce of the Federation of International Trade Association, visited USCEA China Headquarter in Shanghai.

Mr. Fang Cao, the Chief Representative of USCEA China Office, met with the guests and discussed the issues regarding how to strengthen cooperation between the two associations. As one of its key partners, USCEA established cooperative relationship with NEXCO in 2000. The two organizations have successively co-organized US-China Business Matchmaking Conferences and US-China Entrepreneurs Summits for more than 5 years, with more than 600 US entrepreneurs attending the above events.

According to Mr. Lehrer, with Sino-American trade relationship maturing, both countries should address the economic and trade issues through bilateral negotiation instead of trade confrontation. Therefore, in order to expand the export volume of US small & medium-sized companies, the NEXCO will further strengthen bilateral cooperation with USCEA. According to the consensus both parties reached, three major cooperation projects will be conducted in the near future:

1. The NEXCO will organize at least 50 US companies to attend "2006 US-China Entrepreneur (New York) Summit" co-organized by USCEA, The City University of New York, NEXCO, US Trade & Technology Center as well as US Department of Commerce from December 12 through December 13.

2. USCEA Headquarter in China will seek sole distributors or help establish branches for the key member enterprises of NEXCO. In 2007, USCEA will focus on providing such services to ten to fifteen famous US brands.

3. In late June 2007, Mr. Lehrer will lead ten to fifteen US companies to attend "2007 US-China Business Matchmaking (China) Conference" co-organized by USCEA, US National League of Cities, US Small Business Administration, NEXCO and other Chinese governmental associations. USCEA will pre-match the Chinese companies with the US companies based on US firms' business interests, and help conduct one-on-one meeting for both parties at the event. After the conference, USCEA will do follow up to help them to reach the final contracts.