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U.S. companies show continued interest in China’s import expo

2019-11-28 09:34:05 Xinhua News Agency

Several U.S. enterprises have expressed continued interest in participating in the China CIIE, after an overseas promotion for the event was held in New York on Monday.

As the world's first import-themed national-level expo, the CIIE is a great platform for Chinese and U.S. companies to go further together, Gu added.

SEEK AFTER BOOTH

U.S.-based food service, facilities, and uniform services provider Aramark Corporation participated in the second CIIE. A speech made during the event by Jeff Zettel, the company's associate vice president, was "a very positive experience," he said.

"(The CIEE is) a fantastic opportunity for us and we're looking forward to doing it again in 2020," said Zettel, who signed an exhibition agreement with the CIIE bureau on Monday.

"We're looking to continue to make new relationships, to make new friends and to identify new opportunities to grow our business."

Zettel added that Aramark now has about 35,000 employees in China and its Chinese arm is a very important part of the group.

"It is a rapidly growing part of our company and we want to continue to do business in China across the different regions," he said.

Leo Chan, executive director of the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce (GCCCC), also inked an exhibition agreement with the CIIE bureau on Monday, successfully reserving a special booth measuring 150 square meters.

One of the GCCCC's priorities is to help small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from the midwestern United States explore the Chinese market and participate in the CIIE.

As a chamber of commerce with strong Chinese ties, the GCCCC chooses to maintain exchanges with China despite China-U.S. relationsups and downs, said Chan, adding that the capacity to tap China's market is very important to the long-term development of the SMEs.

Chan said that the GCCCC wasn't able to successfully book a booth at the first and second CIIEs, "so I came early this time and flew to New York all the way from Ohio to join the roadshow."

By: Liu Yanan

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