CGCC Hosts U.S. – China Governors Collaboration Summit

From May 22nd to May 24th, China General Chamber of Commerce-USA (CGCC) co-hosted the annual U.S.- China Governors Collaboration Summit with the National Governors Association (NGA), Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), and  Kentucky Commonwealth Cabinet for Economic Development (Think Kentucky) in Lexington, Kentucky.

The Summit brought together over 400 senior sub-national government officials and business leaders from the U.S. and China, including representatives from CGCC member companies: Bank of China, ICBC, China Telecom Americas, China Investment Corporation (CIC), Liepin North America, EY, J.P. Morgan, Lennar International, and Plante Moran.

Held over three days, the Summit convened U.S. and Chinese government officials and business leaders to discuss trade and diplomatic relations, educational and cultural exchanges, e-commerce, and infrastructure investment.

Matt Bevin, Governor of Kentucky

American governors and lieutenant governors: Matt Bevin, Governor of Kentucky; Bill Lee, Governor of Tennessee, Lieutenant Governors Cyrus Habib of Washington; Dianne Primavera of Colorado, and Garlin Gilchrist of Michigan participated in the Summit.

Governor Guozhong Liu of Shaanxi province, Mayor Liangzhi Tang of Chongqing and Vice Governors Zhongqiong Wu of Jiangxi province, and Shizhen Zhang of Gansu province led the delegation of Chinese government officials to the Summit.

Tiankai Cui, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China 

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the United States of America Tiankai Cui welcomed participants to the Summit.

“It’s more important than ever that sub-national representatives from China and the United States get together to explore cooperation and win-win opportunities that benefit us all,” expressed Cui.

“Let’s work together to energize the long-term development of U.S.-China relations.”

Terry Brandstad, U.S. Ambassador to China, also gave welcoming remarks at the Summit’s opening ceremony through a video greeting.

“In only 40 years of diplomatic ties we have come so far,” said CGCC Chairman Chen Xu, President & CEO of Bank of China USA. “And I am confident that over the next 40 years we will go even further.”

(Left to Right) “Advanced Manufacturing, Infrastructure, and Investment” Panel: Jinyong Cai, Partner at Global Infrastructure Partners; Bin Qi, Executive Vice President at China Investment Corporation (CIC); Robert O’Brien, Head of Public Finance at ICBC New York Branch; Scott Peak, Managing Partner of Infrastructure at Brookfield Asset Management; Xiaohong Nie, Vice President of Zhengbang Group & Chairman of Zhengbang Forestry Industry Group; Xinghai Zhang, Chairman of Sokon Industrial Group.

At the event, CGCC launched an interactive one-stop-shop ( to help its member companies navigate through each state’s investment and regulatory environment and hosted two panel discussions, “Advanced Manufacturing, Infrastructure, and Investment” and “E-Commerce and Cross-Border Trade”.

(Left to Right) “E-Commerce and Cross-Border Trade” Panel: Moderator: Mike Walter, General News Anchor and Host of Full Frame at CGTN-America; Liefeng Bo, Chief Scientist of’s AI Lab; Craig Allen, President of the U.S.-China Business Council and former Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam; Ryan Jiao, Chief Financial Officer of PingPong U.S; Alan Turley, Deputy Assistant Secretary for China and Mongolia at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

CGCC sincerely thanks the National Governors Association (NGA), Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), Kentucky Commonwealth Cabinet for Economic Development (ThinkKentucky), Alltech as well as its participating member companies for their support of the Summit.

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Press Coverage


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About CGCC

Founded in 2005, the China General Chamber of Commerce – USA (“CGCC”) has been recognized as the largest and most influential non-profit organization representing Chinese enterprises in the U.S. Its membership consists of more than 1,500 Chinese and U.S. companies, 54 of which are ranked on the 2018 Fortune Global 500. CGCC’s mission is to create value, generate economic growth, and enhance cooperation between the U.S. and Chinese business communities. CGCC conducts extensive research and provides a broad range of programs, services, and resources to its members and key stakeholders in an effort to foster the mutual understanding, trust, and engagement between China and the U.S. As of 2018, CGCC’s Chinese member companies have cumulatively invested over $120 billion, employ more than 200,000 people, and support over one million jobs throughout the United States.

CGCC is a national organization and includes CGCC-New York (CGCCUSA-HQ), CGCC-Chicago, CGCC-Houston, CGCC-Los Angeles, CGCC-San Francisco and CGCC-Washington D.C.