April 1st£¬Tan Zhongchi, Mayor of Hunan Province's Changsha
City, met with the Chairman of Sino American Trade Development
Association in the International Hotel. Invited by Mayor
Tan, Chairman Goodman received a sincere, warm welcome.
Tan introduced Hunan province's background of agriculture
and tourism. He related an old saying that, "the whole
nation will have enough food when Hunan and Guangdong
get a good harvest". The output of rice and live pigs
in Hunan is the greatest in the country. In regards
to tourism, there are Dongting Lake, the first lake
in China, and Yueyang Tower, which some claim is the
most beautiful tower in China. Also, Heng Mountain and
Zhangjiajie have been recognized by the U.N. nature
conservancy as sites of world value.
1980s, Hunan has grown at over 9£¥ per annum in economic
output. Hunan province has set up economic and trade
relations with more than 160 countries and regions.
Mr. Goodman introduced to the Mayor the California Agriculture
Fair and Exhibition that runs from August 12th through
September 5th, and discussed the potential for using
it as a platform to develop new relations with the agricultural
and hi-tech juggernaut that California's economy represents.
Mr. Goodman explained that if Changsha could arrange
more agriculture projects to attend activities such
as California exhibit, agricultural products from Changsha
would gain recognition not just in California, but across
the entire United States. At the same time, American
agriculture leaders could develop new lines of communication
with their counterparts in Changsha.
this outreach, Mr. Goodman had time to visit the former
residence of Mao Zedong in Shaoshan accompanied with
local government leaders. He was hosted for a grand
banquet to conclude his mission to Changsha.