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Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng Meets with U.S. Businessmen

2021/04/25

On April 22, 2021, Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng met with the delegation of American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (AmCham Shanghai) led by Chair Jeff Lehman and President Ker Gibbs. Both sides exchanged views on issues such as China-U.S. relations, and personnel flow facilitation amid the pandemic. Representatives from enterprises such as General Motors, Ford Motor, Walt Disney, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, United Parcel Service, and Concordia International School of Shanghai attended the meeting.

Xie Feng expressed, since the early 20th century, mankind has suffered the scourges of two world wars, but shared more than five decades of peace dividend and witnessed the fastest economic growth. In particular, the overall sound and stable progress of China-U.S. relations since the two countries reopened the door of exchanges contributes to this achievement. History shows both countries gain from cooperation and lose from confrontation. Their cooperation can benefit the two countries and the whole world, while confrontation will surely spell disaster for both countries and the wider world. Faced with global challenges to combat COVID-19, recover the economy, and address climate change, the international community has no other choice but to strengthen unity and cooperation. China and the United States should correspond to the shared aspiration of the international community for peace and development, respect the strong desire of the people of the two countries for exchanges and cooperation, and treat and handle bilateral relations with an open mind and a sense of responsibility of a major country.

Xie Feng pointed out, it is negative and unconstructive to define China-U.S. relations with "competition, cooperation and confrontation". Admittedly, there is competition between China and the United States, but the competition should be healthy. It is like competing with each other for excellence in a racing field, not beating each other on a wrestling arena. Cooperation serves the common interests of both countries, so it should be the shared target and the mainstream of the bilateral ties. China and the United States are different in history, culture, development stage and social system, so it is natural that both countries may have different views on certain issues. The right attitude is to step up dialogues, deepen cooperation, narrow differences, and avoid confrontation. The right approach is mutual respect and equal consultation for win-win results.

Xie Feng emphasized, China will further deepen reform and opening-up, and make institutional innovations for an open economy of higher standards. China is fostering a new development paradigm with domestic circulation as the mainstay and domestic and international circulations reinforcing each other. Under this new development paradigm, China will open up more areas and more sectors at a deeper level, and build a market-oriented, law-based and international business environment. China welcomes U.S. enterprises to actively participate in the process and leverage the historic opportunity. U.S. enterprises are interested parties of China-U.S. cooperation. China wishes to see U.S. enterprises exert positive influence in urging the U.S. government to lift tariffs on Chinese goods, stop decoupling, supply disruption, and arbitrary oppression against Chinese companies, and provide a fair, just and non-discriminatory environment for Chinese companies operating in the U.S.

Business representatives of members of AmCham Shanghai introduced their operation and investment in China. They attach high importance to Chinese market, and are optimistic about the prospect of China's development. They will expand investment and cooperation in China. In addition, they spoke highly of China's timely and effective control of the COVID-19 with rigorous measures, and thanked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other departments of China for providing convenience and support for their turn to China and resumption of work and production, expecting China's support in addressing the difficulties related to personnel flow and vaccination. AmCham Shanghai will play a positive role in promoting dialogues and cooperation between the United States and China.

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