CGCC Chicago holds annal gala to boost China-US ties

Added On September 19, 2019

China General Chamber of Commerce-U.S.A. Chicago, or CGCC Chicago, has hosted its annual gala to further promote bilateral relations as this year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of China-U.S. diplomatic ties.
Themed "Synergy", the gala was held on Tuesday in partnership with World Business Chicago. 
CGCC Chicago is a non-profit organization representing Chinese enterprises in nine states in the U.S. Midwest. 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH) ANDREA ZOPP, President of World Business Chicago
"In our over 40 years of diplomatic relations have led to significant and positive outcomes. There are more than 160 Chicago-area companies doing with operations in China. Today, O'Hare international airport is the largest U.S. air gateway for China with some 40 flights to China every week, including nonstop flights to Beijing, Shanghai and starting this month, Cheng Du on Hainan airlines. At 44.3 billion in U.S. trade in Illinois trade with China. In Illinois, in 2018, China is the second largest trade partner for Illinois, and the largest trade partner when we exclude oil."
SOUNDBITE(CHINESE) ZHAO JIAN, Consul General of China in Chicago
"We hope that through the work and endeavor of CGCC, more people in both countries will understand that China-U.S. economic relations are highly complementary and mutually beneficial so that enterprises from both sides can get to know more about each other's investment environment, and further make their contributions to promoting China-U.S. economic and trade cooperation and bilateral relations." 
Direct investment from China to the U.S. Midwest reached around 23 billion U.S. dollars last year, creating about 45,000 jobs for locals.