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2001 US-China Science & Technology Cooperation Forum (Fuzhou)

2001 US-China Science & Technology Cooperation Forum, co-organized by USCEA and Fujian Provincial Science Commission, was held in West Lake Hotel, Fuzhou from September 11 through 13, 2001. Dr. George Wang, President of USCEA, William Spitler, Director of New York Center of US Department of Commerce, Herbert Austin, Director of New York Center of US Federal Small Business Administration, Barney Lehrer, President of US National Association of Export Companies, Sophia Koch, Asia Director of New Jersey State Commerce & Economic Growth Commission, David Shih, Director of China Center of Pennsylvania State Department of Community & Economic Development and other US Trade Mission members attended the forum.

As China's entry into WTO becomes imminent, both challenges and opportunities will be presented to US and Chinese companies in this quickly integrated global market. How to meet the challenges and take the opportunities generated by this historical event was the very theme of the forum. It was also the first time that a forum with about 300 US and Chinese companies' participation was ever in Fujian Province.

Hui Lin, Deputy Secretary General of Fujian Provincial Government, Wanjin Lin, Deputy Commissioner of Fujian Provincial Science Commission attended the conference. Shuangyu Ye, Commissioner of Fujian Provincial Science Commission delivered a keynote speech on cooperation between US and China in science and technology areas. Other keynote speakers of the forum included William Spitler, Director of New York Center of US Department of Commerce, David Shih, Director of China Center of Pennsylvania State Department of Community & Economic Development, Zhangtai Bao, Vice President of US-China Entrepreneur Exchange Advancement Association and General Manager of Mindong Autai Corporation, and Deliang Zhang, Permanent Director of USCEA and General Manager of Longhai Dexing Machinery Co, Ltd.

About 230 US companies' business interests, across more than 20 industries, including electronics, telecommunications, pharmaceutics, chemical products, machinery, electric appliances, apparel, construction materials, packaging, and other consumer goods, were also presented to the Chinese business community in the afternoon's business meeting session.

In the evening of September 12th, Fujian Provincial Science Commission hosted a banquet for US Trade Mission members and other attendees. At the banquet, Commissioner Ye and Dr. George Wang gave their congratulations for the great success of the forum and expressed their best wishes for the future cooperation between the companies in Fujian and US in the years to come. Fuzhou High School Symphony Orchestra performed an excellent concert for all banquet attendees after the dinner.

In the morning of September 13th, accompanied by Deputy Commissioner Lin, US Trade Mission visited Fuzhou Economic & Technological Development Zone (FETDZ). Jianhui Shi, Deputy Director of FETDZ introduced to the visitors the investment environment and preferable policies of the FETDZ, and led the delegation to have a factory tour in Zhonghua Tube Corp and Mawei Shipyard. The achievement of the FETDZ and its beautiful natural environment deeply impressed all the US visitors.