Ying Yong Meets Governor of Iowa State, United States

On July 21, Ying Yong, mayor of Shanghai, met with Kim Reynolds, governor of Iowa State in the United States, and his delegation.

Ying Yong said China-US relationship is one of the most important bilateral relationships in the world and the exchange and cooperation between the local governments are an important component part of the Sino-US relations. For Shanghai, China’s economic center which stands at the forefront of reform and opening up, opening up is its biggest advantage. Shanghai would like to further develop economic and trade relations with Iowa and it welcomes American businesses, those in Iowa included, to be a part of China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone. Iowa is a major agricultural state in the United States and Shanghai is actively pushing forward the development of a modern, organic and green agriculture. Also, Shanghai is vigorously carrying forward the building of Chongming into a world-class ecological island and striving for ecological production and life styles. All these have created opportunities for the two sides to boost cooperation in agriculture and other areas. He believed the Iowan governor’s visit will drive the cooperation and exchange between Shanghai and Iowa to a new high.

Kim Reynolds described Shanghai’s development as inspiring, saying that Iowa looks forward to having more economic and trade cooperation and developing a long friendship with Shanghai. Agriculture is Iowa’s pillar industry and an important area in US-China cooperation, and Iowa hopes to increase cooperation with Shanghai in agriculture, renewable energy and other fields.

During their visit in Shanghai, the American guests also went to visitYihai Kerry Group and Songjiang Aquaculture Technology ApplicationStation, where they had discussions on topics like the import and processing of soybeans, innovative scientific & technological development of the industrial chain and deepening of cooperation between Iowa and Shanghai.