U.S. Consul General Hanscom Smith discussed the recent China visit of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the economic downturn during the Chamber’s Monthly Member Briefing at the Four Seasons Hotel on February 2.
Smith spoke about recent developments in U.S.-China relations as well as how the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai can assist members of the American business community.
Smith said the consulate will be especially busy due to the upcoming G20 summit to be held in Hangzhou in early September.
Smith briefly touched on the diplomatic talks between Secretary Kerry and President Xi Jinping in Beijing in late January. The Consul General noted that Kerry stressed the need for a united front between the U.S. and China in response to North Korea’s claimed nuclear test.
Smith also spoke about the financial crisis and said that the further away one is from China, the worse the situation looks. He noted that the Consulate is pushing an ambitious schedule for 2016 and keeping an eye on American business interests. Last year the Consulate had over 700 visitors and does not expect this number to decrease next year.
He fielded questions from members on the U.S. presidential election, the South China Sea and other topics.