Consul General Wang Donghua of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco spent Friday February 14th visiting government officials in Everett, Seattle and Tacoma. WSCRC made the arrangements for the day which started with a meeting with Congressional Representative Rick Larsen in his field office in Everett. After discussions about the coronavirus the CG and Representative Larsen had a frank discussion about reciprocity and agreed to disagree on number of points noting that the difference in governing systems in our two countries can create misunderstandings.
The Consul General then moved to Seattle where he met with Chris Green, the Director of the Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness for the Washington State Department of Commerce and Robert Hamilton, the Governor’s Advisor for trade policy. This discussion focused on trade and the products that Washington would like to sell to China under the Phase 1 Trade Agreement.
The visitors traveled to the South Sound for the afternoon where the WSCRC team took them to meet with John Wolf, the CEO of the Northwest Seaport Alliance and Tong Zhu, the Chief Commercial Officer for the Alliance. The discussion there focused on trade with China and the role of Chinese shipping lines serving the Seattle-Tacoma area.The CG concluded his day with a visit with the Mayor of Tacoma, Victoria Woodards at her office. Mayor Woodard was pleased to introduce her city to the Consul General and to listen to his remarks regarding the China-U.S. Relationship.