TOPEKA - Governor Mark Parkinson will host the new Consul General of China to Chicago, Yang Guoqiang, tomorrow afternoon in the Capitol to renew business ties between China and Kansas.
The meeting will cover topics related to international trade and investment between China and Kansas. The two leaders will also exchange gifts on behalf of their respective governments.
This will be Consul General Yang’s first official visit to Kansas since being named Consul General of China to Chicago earlier this year. He will be accompanied by the President of the Kansas City Chinese American Association, C.J. Wei.
“We’re excited to welcome Consul General Yang to Kansas,” Governor Parkinson said. “Kansas and China continue to enjoy an outstanding business relationship, and I’m looking forward to discussing new opportunities for future partnerships.”
China was Kansas’ fifth largest export market in 2009, purchasing $353 million in Kansas goods. Top categories included animal hides, aircraft and industrial machinery. Overall, Kansas businesses totaled $8.89 billion in global exports in 2009.
The Kansas Department of Commerce’s Trade Development Division provides various services to Kansas companies interested in international trade and overseas expansion. Division staff works with businesses to assess a company’s export readiness, research potential export markets and explain the export process. The Division also works with foreign companies that are looking to make investments in Kansas. For details, visit www.kansascommerce.com.
Prior to meeting with Governor Parkinson, Consul General Yang will attend an 11 a.m. ceremony at Washburn University to dedicate the Lantern Light sculpture, a gift to Topeka from the Chinese government to commemorate 30 years of diplomatic relations between China and the United States. Topeka is only one of four U.S. cities — the others are Atlanta, Newark, N.J., and Washington, D.C., — to receive a sculpture by a noted Chinese artist to recognize the establishment of Sino-American diplomatic relations after President Richard Nixon’s historic visit to China in 1972. President Jimmy Carter established official relations between Washington and Beijing in 1979.
For more information, contact Joe Monaco, Public Information Officer with the Kansas Department of Commerce, at (785) 296-3760 or firstname.lastname@example.org.