Release Date: Oct 21, 2013Contact: 888-249-NEWS
Chamber’s Donohue Convenes Fifth U.S.-China CEO Dialogue
Meeting of Business, Former Government Leaders Aims to Promote Commercial Opportunities, Address Challenges Between U.S. and China
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE), one of China’s most influential think tanks, opened today the fifth meeting of the U.S.-China CEO and Former Senior Officials’ Dialogue. The dialogue, led by Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue and CCIEE Chairman and Former Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan, is a uniquely dedicated platform for leading U.S. and Chinese CEOs, supported by former top government officials, to engage in discussion of the most important economic and commercial policy issues in U.S.-China relations. Top White House and cabinet officials are attending the meeting for roundtable sessions.
Donohue issued the following statement regarding the dialogue, which is taking place at the Chamber’s headquarters today and tomorrow:
“The rapid development of economic and trade relations between China and the United States has brought tangible benefits to both peoples and economies, and has long been the anchor of the broader bilateral relationship.
“In the last three years, this CEO forum has accomplished a great deal to advance our shared goal of strengthening bilateral commercial ties. We have successfully created a mechanism for candid, substantive, and forward-leaning discussions on the challenges and opportunities in the relationship. We have raised awareness of how critical our bilateral relationship is to the global economy. We have forged greater cooperation and collaboration on a number of pressing economic issues. And, we have established credibility with our governments by delivering concrete recommendations for their consideration.
“The Chamber has two ambitious and important goals: increase two-way investment through a high-standard bilateral investment treaty (BIT) and develop a long-term roadmap for achieving a more open and balanced commercial relationship through a comprehensive U.S.-China trade and investment agreement. Increased cooperation and commerce between China and the United States can help each country to spur growth and support needed economic reforms. Our relationship will be stronger and more enduring if we are each successful in reforming and rebalancing our economies.”
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. Its International Affairs division includes more than 50 regional and policy experts and 25 country- and region-specific business councils and initiatives. The U.S. Chamber also works closely with 116 American Chambers of Commerce abroad.