HEADLINE Trump visit ignites bilateral trade windfall


Trump visit ignites bilateral trade windfall

By Zhang Penghui | People's Daily

05:31, November 11, 2017


Photo: Xinhua

Washington (People's Daily) -- Trade agreements exceeding $250 billion (USD) were signed between China and US companies during President Trump's two-day visit in Beijing. The deals represent a follow-through on promises made regarding the development of Sino-US cooperation.

One agreement will see a $12 billion chip-procurement bill of Xiaomi and Oppo from Qualcomm. And in another deal valued at $37 billion, Boeing will provide 300 aircraft to China Aviation Supplies Holding Company.

Sino-US trade reached $2.5 billion in 1979. Last year’s tally surpassed $500 billion.  US exports to China increased 10 percent, with China exports to the US slightly lower.

Analysts have predicted Sino-US trade could double in a decade.

General Electric, Ford, General Motors and other major companies explored new opportunities with their Chinese counterparts. 

China Energy Investment Corp signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to invest $83.7 billion in shale gas and chemical projects in West Virginia. The deal is expected to generate job opportunities in a state with one of the nation’s lowest annual household incomes.  

Scholars, political leaders, and trade representatives feel economic cooperation is a “booster” and a “ballast stone” for bilateral relations. Through economic cooperation,both nations will achieve a win-win result. 

Delfin Midstream made a preliminary 15-year sales deal that would provide three million tons of liquefied natural gas to China, meeting China’s clean energy demands while establishing the US as a reliable supplier.

The executive director of the Michigan-China Innovation Center, explained to People’s Daily how Sino-US economic ties are welcomed at local and state levels. 

“Michigan exports to China and direct investment into Michigan by Chinese companies both result in jobs in Michigan. For exports, China is the 3rd largest destination for Michigan exports, behind Canada and Mexico. In terms of foreign direct investment, Chinese FDI is a small, but a quickly-growing segment of FDI into Michigan. Chinese companies have, through both acquisitions and greenfield investments, invested more than $4 billion (USD) and created or sustained more than 10,000 jobs in Michigan since 2010,” said the executive director. 

New business deals worth $250 billion is hardly enough to satisfy consumers and investors on both sides. There are still tremendous strides to made by both parties. Greater pursuit is needed to accomplish mutually favorable agreements on open trade and market entry.


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