Chinese Consul-General Jian

In advance of this weekend’s G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan the Schaumburg Business Association attended a private luncheon with Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Chicago, Zhao Jian.

Much of the political intrigue surrounding the G20 Summit involves the US – China relationship and the continued trade war between the two countries and its continued economic ramifications for growth.

The luncheon, hosted by the Central Asia Productivity Research Center (CAPRC) provided a platform for Consul-General Jian to directly address the US – China relationship from the Chinese perspective.

While the remarks were polished and conveyed little by the way of new insights or perspective the consistent theme conveyed throughout the remarks was of continued cooperation and partnership.

Citing the 40-year diplomatic, and economic relationship that the United States and the People’s Republic of China have had Consul-General Jian stated that the Chinese believe in “mutually beneficial cooperation” and “peaceful developments that produce win-wins” for all interested parties.

Further emphasizing the importance of cooperation for the China relationship with the United States that it was important to focus our “trade based on respect and equality” that will open for broader reforms that will improve the overall environment and relationship between the two countries.

Though Consul-General Jian’s remarks were very diplomatic the timing of the program was advantageous as it came in advance of the much-anticipated meeting between President Trump and President Xi in Osaka. The Schaumburg Business Association will track the outcomes and results of the 2019 G20 Summit and its ramifications on the Schaumburg economy.