U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke delivered the opening address at the U.S.-China Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum with the Chinese Minister of Commerce, Chen Deming. The Forum is jointly hosted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade.
Representing the Obama administration for Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to Chicago, Locke highlighted the progress that the United States and China have made to strengthen the bilateral relationship, emphasizing the benefits of Chinese foreign direct investment in the U.S. on the American economy. He also reiterated the concerns that American business leaders continue to express about the commercial environment in China.
While in Chicago, Locke also attended a dinner hosted by Chicago Mayor Richard Daley in honor of President Hu. Remarks