Ambassador Cui Tiankai and His Wife Visited the State of Louisiana


From May 12 to 14, Ambassador Cui Tiankai and his wife Madame Ni Peijun visited the State of Louisiana at the invitation of the U.S. side. During the visit, Ambassador Cui met with Governor John Bel Edwards, Senator John Neely Kennedy, Mayor Sharon Weston Broome of Baton Rouge, Director Nell Calloway of the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum, attended a welcome dinner hosted by former Governor and Chairman of G2 LNG LLC Buddy Roemer, and received a briefing from some local businesses. Acting Consul-General Zhao Yumin of the Chinese Consulate-General in Houston, Director of the Congressional and Sub-national Affairs Office Minister-Counselor Zhang Min and Counselor Lyu Jin of the Policy Section of the Chinese Embassy accompanied Ambassador Cui during the visit.


Ambassador Cui briefed the U.S. side on the development of China-U.S. relations and the April meeting between the two Presidents at Mar-a-Lago, Florida. He said that the two sides should work together to implement the important consensus reached by the two Presidents, such as actively facilitating sub-national exchanges and cooperation, and make more progress in China-U.S. relations on a new footing. He expressed his hope that the State of Louisiana would continue to use its advantages in industries such as energy, agriculture, tourism and education, actively explore opportunities to export natural gas to China and establish a sister-province/state relationship with relevant Chinese province, and further promote its friendly exchanges and cooperation with China. The Chinese Embassy and Consulate-General stand ready to render support and facilitation.


Governor Edwards, Senator Kennedy and Mayor Broome expressed their congratulations on the recent successful meeting between the two Presidents and welcomed Ambassador Cui to Louisiana. They said that the State of Louisiana regards China as its primary partner, attaches great importance to and actively promotes its exchanges and cooperation with China, and supports the building of a mutually beneficial and win-win partnership between the U.S. and China. Louisiana boasts rich mineral resources such as oil and gas, easy access to water, land and air transport, and advanced chemical industry, agriculture, forestry, fishery, tourism, culture, education, etc. They expressed their hope to enhance cooperation with China in relevant areas, export natural gas to China at an earliest date, and further expand bilateral trade, investment and people-to-people exchanges between Louisiana and China.




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