Messrs. Goodman and Yan, and secretary Ms Yu, recently
had an official discussion with Mr. Bruce, the consul
with the Commerce Department of the American Embassy
in Beijing. The meeting took place at the Embassy's
Commerce Office at the Kerry Centre.
covered a wide spectrum of mutual interests, including
the importance of the ongoing contact between the two
participants' organizations. Also on the agenda was
SATDA's reiteration of its core policy of promoting
the products of small- and medium-sized American enterprises
(SME's) into the China market, just as Chinese SME's
have long marketed their products in the United States.
In this context,
Chinese light-industry products already selling in large
quantities to America include textiles and myriad other
items. China's agricultural produce also enjoys a large
share of the U.S. market.
and Yan stressed that SATDA is doing all it can to encourage
small- and medium-sized American companies and entrepreneurs
to export their goods to China.
40-minute meeting, Mr. Goodman also specified for Mr.
Bruce the perception, function and implementation of
SATDA's projects in relation to American SME's. This
briefing included the organization of technology-exchange
for SME's in Qingdao. He also talked about the role
and value of APEC, one of the world's largest economic
and business forums, which meets in June each year,
and which currently brings together almost countless
SME's from 21 member countries. Mr. Goodman said SATDA
was determined to see APEC include more Chinese SME's
as well as American counterparts come under its umbrella.
Beijing meeting, Mr. Goodman noted that, as secretary
of the American Commerce Department in China, Mr. Bruce
was naturally interested in the activities of SATDA
and that he had kindly undertaken to help the association
contact American SME's, support the association in its
efforts to attract more members and also encourage more
and more locally-based American business people to both
be aware of SATDA and to buy American SME products for
the China market via the association's Tradelinks Program.
also offered his cooperation with SATDA in the organization
of merchandise/trade shows, business promotional activities,
and assistance with seminars and lectures. Meanwhile,
SATDA plans to organize a Beijing seminar prior to this
year's June APEC meeting. The seminar will be titled"America
Products Show Week".