Consul General Xu Erwen Meets with Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma
（From Chinese Consulate General in Houston）
On Feb 29, Chinese Consul General Xu Erwen visited the state of Oklahoma. During the visit, she had separate meetings with Governor Mary Fallin and Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb in the state capitol. Secretary of State Glenn Coffee, Chief Protocol Officer Christine Morriss, Director of International Trade and Investment Erika Lucas and Consul Chu Kaimin, Zhou Yujiang, Chen Zhiwen, Xu Baiyu etc. were present.
Consul General Xu briefed the latest development of China-US relations. She stressed that China-US relations have made great achievements since the visit of President Nixon and the release of Shanghai Communiqué 40 years ago. China-US relations have become one of the most important, most dynamic and most promising bilateral relationships in today's world. Vice President Xi Jinping wrapped up his visit to the US not long ago, having advanced the China-U.S. cooperative partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefit. Consul General Xu expressed her delight that more and more exchanges and cooperation are underway between China and Oklahoma and achieved many positive results. Export to China from Oklahoma scored a stunning increase of 485% during the last decade, compared to the 69% increase to the rest of the world. China has become Oklahoma's fourth largest export market and the largest source of import. The two way investments are seen on the rise. Cooperation in education and cultural fields are also picking up the momentum. China and Oklahoma enjoy great cooperation potential as well as valuable opportunities. Consul General Xu looked forward to joining hand with the government and all friends of Oklahoma to deepen and expand the cooperation.
Governor Fallin and Lt. Governor Lamb welcomed Consul General Xu to the State of Oklahoma. They expressed their thanks to Consul General Xu for her continuous efforts in promoting the friendly exchanges between Oklahoma and China. Governor Fallin said that Oklahoma values its good relationship with China. The two sides have established Oklahoma-Gansu friendship province/state relationship and many other sister city relationships. Oklahoma has also set up a representative office of international trade in Shanghai. Governor Fallin marveled the great prospects of China's development and expressed her willingness to further promoting the pragmatic cooperation with China. Lt. Governor Lamb echoed with Governor Fallin in his willingness to promote better communication and collaboration between Oklahoma and China during the process of the state's globalization and promotion of its images overseas. He looked forward to more and more new progress in the friendly cooperation between the two sides in the areas of economy, trade and culture.
Oklahoma is a major producer of natural gas and oil, it also has a developed agriculture industry and a strong aviation industry. Recent statistics show that Oklahoma ranked No.2 in natural gas and No. 5 in oil production among the 50 states of US, which empowers the strong development momentum and population boom of this southern US state.