China’s new counsel general headquartered in San Francisco, Yuan Nansheng, visited Seattle in late May, making his first round of diplomatic visits since he assumed the position on April 5.
He met with Mayor Mike McGinn, Representatives Derek Kilmer, David Reichert, and Adam Smith, Gov. Jay Inslee, and multiple state senators and representatives.
“Washington State plays an important role in the development of China–U.S. relations. China has a close relationship with the Evergreen State, and our cooperation in all the fields keeps growing”, Yuan said during his visit. “In the past several years, Washington has witnessed many important high-level visits from China. In the year 2012, Washington State became the number one exporter to China among all 50 states, taking the position of California.”
Yuan fills the position of former Counsel General Gao Zhansheng who returned to China earlier this year. (end)