AmCham Shanghai yesterday celebrated the long-standing partnership between the Shanghai Municipal Government, the U.S. business community, and the U.S. government at a dinner with U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus, U.S. Consul General Hanscom Smith, Shanghai Vice Secretary General Sun Jiwei and more than 260 guests.
AmCham Shanghai members were joined by 70 other high-level government officials from Shanghai Municipality and representatives from the Jiangsu and Zhejiang provincial governments. The Shanghai Municipal People’s Government Commission of Commerce, Foreign Affairs Office, Shanghai Customs and many other departments sent representatives to discuss Shanghai’s economic and commercial development, interact with AmCham Shanghai members, and learn more about U.S. companies in the region.
Shanghai Vice Secretary General Sun Jiwei expressed appreciation for AmCham Shanghai’s contribution to the development of Shanghai. The event highlighted the ongoing cooperation between the United States and China, which the Vice Secretary General called “The ballast and stabilizer of the U.S.-China relationship.”
Ambassador Baucus emphasized the importance of the U.S.-China relationship and the large and growing menu of interests that the two countries share. He also said that U.S. companies had been at the forefront of this relationship, creating jobs for millions of people.
AmCham Shanghai 2016 Chairman Ker Gibbs spoke about the Chamber’s advocacy role and also referenced the recent U.S. election result and the need for the Chamber and others to continue making the case for free trade. He praised both the Shanghai government’s continuing efforts to transform Shanghai into a global city and the benefits that U.S. companies have brought to China.
“American businesses enjoy the benefits of China’s accomplishments every single day. We make good use of China’s infrastructure, talent, and markets. As a result, the majority of American businesses are doing well here. Despite the challenges we are growing, and we continue to invest. We are major taxpayers and creators of good quality, highly skilled jobs. That’s good for China, it’s good for America, and it’s good for peace and stability everywhere,” said Gibbs.
The dinner was sponsored by several longtime AmCham Shanghai members including Stars Sponsor Honeywell, Stripes Sponsors TE Connectivity and United Family Healthcare, and Platinum sponsors ExxonMobil, Federal Express and Nu Skin.