TROY—The Consul General of the Houston Chinese Consulate said that increased trade between her nation and the United States has become one of "the most important and most dynamic" economic relationships in the world.
The Consul General, Xu Erwen, visited Troy University this week for the first Alabama-China Education Symposium and the dedication of the new facilities housing the Confucius Institute at Troy University. She presented a lecture to students, faculty and the general public Thursday morning at the Trojan Center Theatre.
Xu pointed out 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the reopening of relations between the United States and China which she called a "win-win" situation for both nations. She also praised the State of Alabama for its willingness to trade with her nation and for its strong manufacturing base.
The Consul General said international education is helping to build a bridge between the two nations through educational and cultural exchanges, citing TROY's international program and the more than 350 students from China who study at Troy University,
"Troy University has been providing a friendly environment to the Confucius Institute, and helping the center to gradually become one the most important platforms for teaching Chinese language and China studies, and also a very important gateway to reach out to China and Chinese people," she said. "I am very pleased to witness the growth of this institute and send our congratulations to its achievement."