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Business leader urges China, U.S. to end trade disputes via negotiation

08/31/2018 09:58

The chief of China General Chamber of Commerce-USA (CGCC) on Wednesday called on the governments of China and the United States to solve the ongoing trade tensions via negotiation.

Xu Chen, chairman of the New York City-based CGCC, the largest non-profit organization representing Chinese enterprises in the United States, told a seminar here that he still believes a compromise can be achieved through dialogue and negotiation.

"There are simply no winners in a trade war. Both nations can innovate and benefit far more through increased trade and cooperation," Chen said.

According to a recent CGCC survey, Chinese investments have directly created more than 200,000 jobs across the United States. CGCC member companies -- about 1,500 Chinese and U.S. companies -- have accumulatively invested over 120 billion U.S. dollars in the U.S. economy and directly supported over 1 million jobs in the country.

"China's market has gradually opened to both U.S. products and services in virtually every industry. U.S. companies have grown significantly in China and they continue to benefit from China's growth and growing middle class, and expanding consumer market," said Chen.

In the state of Texas, investment from China has reached almost 10 billion dollars and created thousands of jobs. The growth of Texas goods exports to China from 2008 to 2017 was recorded at 88 percent while that of service exports to China from 2007 to 2016 was at 288 percent, according to Chen.

The commercial leader said, "These growth rates are similar to (those of) other U.S. states as well and should be a clear sign of success in the U.S.-China trade paradigm."

Meanwhile, Chen stressed that China recognizes that there are concerns from the United States regarding investment and trade, and China has worked diligently over years to resolve.

Organized by CGCC, the seminar, titled "Chinese investment in the U.S.: the path forward," focused on current trade tension between the United States and China, as well as the future of Chinese investment in the United States.

(Source: Xinhua)

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