On March 16, 2017, Zeng Peiyan, Chairman of CCIEE, met with Henry Paulson, Chairman of the Henry Institute and former US Secretary of Treasury. The two sides exchanged their views on issues concerning the China-US relations. Zhang Xiaoqiang, CEO and Executive Vice Chairman of CCIEE, Wei Jianguo, Vice Chairman of CCIEE, were present at the meeting.
Zeng Peiyan said that some of the remarks made by Trump during his presidential campaign have caused considerable uncertainties and anxieties to the outside world. Nonetheless, he has been more rational and pragmatic since he took office two months ago. Recently, he sent Rex Tillerson, the US Secretary of State to China preparing for the very first meeting between the Chinese and US leaders, which is very conducive to strengthen communication between the Chinese and US governments. Mr. Zeng hopes that Mr. Paulson will continue to play a positive role in promoting healthy development of the China-US relations.
Mr. Paulson expressed his views on the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the economic team of Trump administration, saying that he is not pessimistic about the prospects of the China-US relations because there has been some positive development, comparing with a few months ago. He suggested that CCIEE and the Paulson Institute should take concrete measures to advance China-US relations and foster a good atmosphere for the meeting between the Chinese and US leaders.
Mr. Paulson also said that Trump would adopt measures to increase US export to China and encourage Chinese companies to invest in the US to create more job opportunities, especially in the investment of green field.
Mr. Zeng pointed out that China is preparing for the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, which will be held this May, participants of the forum will discuss possible cooperation, establish a platform together and share the outcome of cooperation. As part of the event, CCIEE will host the Thematic Forum on Think Tank Exchanges. He invited Mr. Paulson to attend the Forum and Mr. Paulson was pleased to accept the invitation.
The two sides also exchanged their viewpoints on enhancing cooperation in sustainable development between the two organizations.