June 9, 2014
The Virginia Governor is leading a trade mission to China in October to expand trade and investment ties with China in order to create jobs and grow and diversify the economy. "We hope to be signing some deals. Our economic development office has been working hard," McAuliffe told China Daily in an interview on June 5 in Herndon, Virginia, where some 100 visiting entrepreneurs from small and medium-sized Chinese firms were meeting local counterparts for possible partnerships. China is already the largest customer of Virginia's agricultural and forestry products.
June 23, 2014
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced last week that Shandong Tranlin Paper Co Ltd, a Chinese pulp and paper company, will invest $2 billion over five years to establish its first US manufacturing operation in Chesterfield County, Va. Virginia beat out several other states for the project, which will generate 2,000 new jobs by 2020. The investment, announced on June 18, represents the largest Chinese investment and job creation project in Virginia history and is the largest Chinese greenfield economic development project in the US.
Secretary-General of GASME Frank Cao and around 40 entrepreneurs attended the Cocktail Reception hosted by Governor Terry McAuliffe
July 12, 2014
Mr. Terry McAuliffe, the Governor of Virginia, hosted a cocktail reception at the JW Marriott Hotel at Shanghai Tomorrow Square. Mr. Frank Cao, the Secretary-General of GASME and 40 entrepreneurs attended the reception at the invitation of the governor. This was Mr. McAuliffe’s first visit to China as the governor of Virginia.
July 17, 2014
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe was at the Purdue Foods Inc's cold-storage export facility on Thursday in Norfolk, witnessing poultry products that were being loaded and shipped to China. It will be the first shipment of poultry products leaving the facility for China after a ban was lifted by China in May. The ban was imposed by China in 2007 following low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) that was reported in a Virginia farm. China is now one of the top foreign markets for US poultry and bought more than $416 million last year.