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U.S.-China trade conference scheduled

Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 4 - September 15, 1994

U.S. businesses interested in trade and joint ventures with the People's Republic of China can apply to attend the U.S.-China Global Business and Trade Conference and Tour, scheduled November 6-16 in Shanghai, Nanjing, Yancheng, and Beijing.

Thirty U.S. delegates will be selected to attend the event. According to Ned Lester, director of community and business relations for Virginia Tech's University Outreach and International Programs and chair of the conference organizing committee, "They will learn how to identify trading partners, learn the latest in trade agreements between the two nations, visit selected industrial sites, meet Chinese enterprise leaders ready to discuss trade and joint ventures, receive updates on Chinese and American economic trends, learn how to transfer technology in a global economic community, and learn how to develop research and training programs between business and educational institutions."

The China Chamber of International Commerce will invite more than 100 Chinese business and government leaders to attend, Lester said.

"The U.S. businesses that participate will have a unique opportunity to describe their products to their Chinese counterparts in a series of roundtable discussions," he said.

"I am optimistic that U.S. firms will develop markets in China as a result of this conference. A global-market conference we had at Virginia Tech last year that focused on China resulted in several joint ventures and several million dollars of business for U.S. firms. I see no reason why this conference cannot be as successful or more successful," he said.

Joining Virginia Tech in organizing and sponsoring the conference are Marshall University and Wright State University in cooperation with the Shanghai Chamber of International Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce, Virginia Department of Economic Development, West Virginia Development Office, Ohio Department of Development, East China Normal University, and Beijing Normal University.

Businesses interested in sending representatives should contact Lester at 1-5631 (telephone) or 1-9948 (fax).