The Senate US-China Working Group, co-chaired by Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), met on Tuesday with China Ambassador Cui Tiankai to discuss the bilateral commercial and economic relationship, as well as military cooperation and people-to-people exchanges. In a statement on the meeting, Senator Kirk announced that the working group – which will be formally launched this fall – will serve as a forum for dialogue between the Senate and Chinese government leaders. Senator Kirk’s statement also highlighted US-China Business Council (USCBC) data on Illinois exports to China.
USCBC met with working group staff in September and will act as the business community liaison for the Senate working group, as it has for the House US-China Working Group since its inception in 2005. USCBC intends to schedule a meeting with the Senate working group as soon as feasible.