The USCBC's board of directors held its semiannual meeting in December, which included discussions with US Secretary of Commerce John Bryson and Governors Jack Markell (D-DE) and Bob McDonnell (R-VA). The discussions covered the state of US-China commercial relations and how to increase engagement between governors and mayors of the United States and China. The directors also elected Stephen B. Dobbs of Fluor Corporation to join the board.
At the meeting, Bryson discussed his first visit to China as US Commerce secretary. Bryson was among the top officials who led the US delegation to the US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) meetings in Chengdu, Sichuan. This year's JCCT included high-level discussions on US-China trade issues and promoting commercial relations. With sub-national engagement increasingly important in US-China trade, Governors Markell and McDonnell spoke to the board about their states' efforts to increase trade and investment opportunities with China. (Dec. 7)